The Israel Navy is finalizing plans to integrate a fifth Dolphin-class submarine and a new fleet of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) into its operational force structure in the first few months of the coming year.

By mid-2015, the service expects to receive INS Rahav, the fifth of six nuclear-capable submarines built by Germany’s Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) shipyard and partially funded by Berlin.

A top procurement officer said INS Rahav should arrive here “in a few more months” after nearly seven years of engineering, construction, systems integration and testing in Kiel, Germany. […]