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Friday, July 17, 2015

IDF unveils navy tugboats designed to service Dolphin submarines

New Israeli tugboatThe Israel Navy this month introduced two new tugboats specially designed to bring second- generation Dolphin-class submarines to their new docking stations, a naval officer said on Wednesday.

Cmdr. Alon Friedman, who heads the Israel Navy’s Engineering Department, said the tugboats were built by Israel Shipyards from plans created by Spanish naval architects Cintranaval- Defcar according to Israeli specifications.

The vessels come equipped with Azimuth stern drive propulsion systems, made by Rolls Royce, Friedman explained, enabling them to turn 360 degrees for enhanced control, as they pilot the submarines to their docking station at Haifa Port.

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