The Israeli Navy's fifth and newest submarine, the INS Rahav, arrived Tuesday afternoon at a Navy base in Haifa following a 3,500-mile voyage from the German port of Kiel.
The Super Dolphin II-class submarine is one of the most advanced in the world in terms of its offensive capabilities, intelligence systems, defenses and operational range. According to foreign sources, it can carry cruise missiles with nuclear warheads, and is part of Israel's "second strike" force for existential threat situations. No Israeli political or military source has ever confirmed those reports.
At the official welcoming ceremony, President Reuven Rivlin called the Rahav "the IDF's most intimidating, advanced, sophisticated and expensive war machine," while Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said the submarine adds "a new dimension to our power."
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu along with the IDF Chief of Staff, Lieut. Gen. Gady Eisenkot, and the Commander of the Navy, Major General Ram Rutenberg, also participated in the ceremony.