Now that the protest circus has left town (see here), it’s back to Submarines and ASW around these parts.
Looks like the Israeli Navy is taking a cue from Obama’s demands for US Military Budget cuts and further expanding her submarine force and capabilities. Wise move. Once President
Carter, er Obama gets done hacking away at our defense capabilities, it will be awhile before anyone else will be able to depend upon our assistance in maritime matters.
From The Jerusalem Post
Germany has pledged to build a new submarine for the navy, paving the way for a deal that will boost Israel’s strategic long-arm capabilities in the face of Iran’s continued race toward nuclear power.
Talks on the deal for the Dolphin-class sub stalled last year after the Germans declined to underwrite it, as they had done with previous purchases. The vessel will cost between $500 million and $700m. The submarines are considered Israel’s most sophisticated and strategic weapon.
According to foreign reports, Israel’s submarines have a second-strike capability and carry cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads. (bold italics by your host)
That last part is certainly included to add a little bit spice and understanding to their neighbors, especially those undergoing some family squabbles, as it were.
Israel will be getting an updated Dolphin-class (U-212) conventional boat. These are produced by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW). The Dolphin boats are the single most expensive platform used by the Israel Defense Forces and are considered by many to be among the most sophisticated and capable conventional submarines in the world.
I’ve been onboard the Conventional Submarine bandwagon for many years. Although our blue-water requirements demand we have a large and efficient nuclear submarine fleet, it would be a solid and prudent investment for these United States to build a 24-boat class similar to the Dolphin, or even consider building them under license here. We could use the jobs, and we could damned well use their capabilities for littoral work along our own coastline.