|Israeli submarine Dolphin|
slated to be sent to Israel this year. German media reported last week
that the 68-meter Dolphin submarine, the largest post-World War II
submarine to be built in the Federal Republic, was openly placed in the
harbor of the northern city of Kiel.
The Dolphin submarines are mainly constructed in Kiel, located in the
German state of Schleswig-Holstein on the border of Denmark. According
to the daily Kieler Nachrichten, the submarine can now be viewed on the
harbor compound operated by Howaldtswerke- Deutsche Werft.
sophisticated submarine, which is believed to contain secondstrike
nuclear weapons capability, is the first of three advanced “Super
Dolphin” vessels to be delivered to Israel’s navy. ThyssenKrupp Marine
Systems, the giant German engineering firm, owns the ship manufacturer
subsidiary in Kiel.
The Kieler Nachrichten reported that a heavy police presence is guarding
the Super Dolphin. Water-based boat patrols, including the police boat
Vossbrook, are frequently circling the submarine.
The new Dolphin is a second- generation advanced underwater vessel.
Germany’s government has previously furnished Israel with three earlier
models of the Dolphin. A fifth Dolphin is slated to be delivered in
In view of the growing jingoism coming from Iran’s supreme leader, who
recently declared that the “cancerous tumor” of Israel has to be cut
away, the timing of the Super Dolphin’s delivery raises new questions
about Israel’s strategy to confront Iran’s threats. German media noted
that a spokesman from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems declined to comment on
the Super Dolphin.
Germany and Israel have agreed to the delivery of a third Super Dolphin.
The Federal Republic will subsidize the sale of the third vessel with a
maximum of 135 million euros.
The delivery of the Super Dolphin to Israel is filled with some irony,
largely because Iran’s regime as of 2010 maintains a 4.5 percent stock
control of ThyssenKrupp. According to ThyssenKrupp’s 2011- 2012
corporate report in connection with Iran sanctions, “the executive board
of ThyssenKrupp AG ordered a review of the business activities with
Iranian customers in existence before the tighter trade restrictions
came into effect to establish whether they comply with the new laws. In
September 2010, it was decided that ThyssenKrupp will not enter into any
new transactions with Iranian customers.”
ThyssenKrupp, which was involved in German efforts in World War II and
used slave labor to advance Nazi Germany’s military aims, has refused to
evict its Iranian government stockholders from its corporate ownership.
Anti-Iranian regime critics have slammed the massive steel and
engineering giant over the last few years for failing completely to
slash its ties with the Islamic Republic.