JERUSALEM, Israel -- In a ceremony in Kiel, Germany, Monday the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the IDF inaugurated the INS Rahav, the fifth Dolphin-class submarine in the fleet.
Israel Navy Commander-in-Chief Maj.-Gen. (res.) Ehud (Udi) Shani and Rear Admiral Ram Rutberg joined other Israeli and German officials in the traditional inauguration by breaking a champagne bottle on the hull of the state's newest submarine.
Israel purchased the INS Rahav following an extensive development and acquisition process led by the Defense Ministry's Procurement and Production Department and the Israeli Navy.
Once all operational systems are completely installed, the INS Rahav will sail to Israel within the next several months, the IDF said in a statement released Monday.
Dolphin-class submarines are among the most advanced in the world, with capabilities suited to a broad scope of missions.
In a statement issued by his office Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the launch of the nation's fifth submarine.
"The submarines are a strong, strategic tool for the IDF. The State of Israel is ready to act anytime, anywhere -- on land, sea and air -- in order to ensure the security of Israel's citizens," the prime minister said.
The Israeli government approved the sale of a sixth submarine last year, slated to arrive in 2017.