After 32 months of system integration and seas trials, Israel’s fifth Dolphin submarine left the Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) shipyard in Kiel, Germany, on Thursday and is scheduled to arrive at its home base in January.

The INS Rahav was inaugurated in April 2013, the fifth of six Israeli submarines built at the German shipyard with funding assistance from Berlin.

It follows the May 2012 inauguration of Israel’s fourth Dolphin-class submarine, the INS Tanin, which has been operational since its arrival at the Israel Navy’s main base in Haifa last September. […]