Israel set to welcome its newest nuclear-capable submarine

INS Rahav, which arrives in Haifa from Germany Tuesday, expands Israel’s purported ‘second-launch’ naval capabilities to five subs

The INS Rahav is expected to reach Haifa on Tuesday, where top government and military officials will welcome the newest addition to Israel’s small navy.

The German-built Rahav left the German port of Kiel last month.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and Israel Navy commander Admiral Ram Rothberg will take part in the ceremony along with a flotilla of warships and other water craft.

Ordered a decade ago, the Rahav will be Israel’s fifth Dolphin-class submarine, joining the Tanin, Tekuma, Leviathan and Dolphin at the Haifa naval base.

Israeli submarines are reportedly capable of being equipped with nuclear-armed missiles, affording the tiny Jewish state a “second-strike” capability in case it is attacked by nuclear weapons.

Israel has not acknowledged the existence of Israeli nuclear weapons, though foreign media and analysts say it possesses as many as 200 warheads.

Full article: Israel set to welcome its newest nuclear-capable submarine (The Times of Israel)

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