Story posted: Sunday, 16. December 2007 by Rafael Ben-Ari
The 72nd navel ceremony of the Israeli Submarine Flotilla in Haifa port on Sunday 16 December 2007. The Israeli Submarine Flotilla is elite and voluntary serving as the attacking underwater force of the Israel Navy. In the last few months the unit and submarine has stopped a few enemy submarines to enter Israeli water. The unit's roles are: enemies vessels destruction, control at port entries, secret espionage missions and assistance to other forces participating in battle. The most dominant advantage of the submarine is its secrecy. About 50% of their time, the submarines conduct operational activities outside of the Israel's borders. By their means, it is possible to stray for from the Israel's borders and to observe the enemy's steps. This unique advantage does not exist in any other war craft in the IDF. Due to the operational importance, the crew and the submarine must be operationally prepared to a war all the time. The service onboard the submarines, enables a soldier to join the most high-standard crew of men, enclosing about 1700 fighters from the Submarine Flotilla establishment in 1959. In 2006 the Israeli Navy ordered two additional nuclear weapon capable submarines (Type 214 - Dolphin Class) from a German manufacturer, giving it an offensive capability to launch cruise and nuclear weapons, as well as a second strike survivability/relaunch capability. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.
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