Das Boot Ist Kaputt! Germany Has The World’s Best Submarines… But Does Not Have One Working Submarine

“Germany Has The World’s Best Submarines…”

New Russian Submarines Are So Silent That The U.S. Navy Calls Them ‘Black Holes’

Russia’s Stealth ‘Black Hole’ Submarine Prepares For 4,000 Km Trip, Deep Water Trials

“Germany Has The World’s Best Submarines…”

…and delivered them to Israel…

Israel Seeks To Buy 3 New German Dolphin Class Submarines

And Another German-Built Dolphin-Class Submarine (Costing $2 Billion To Build) Heads To Israel For Delivery

Israel’s WWDs: German Made Nuclear Armed Dolphins

Colin Powell Leaked Emails Reveal Israel Has “200 Nuclear Bombs”

Israel Deploys 3 Nuclear-Armed Subs Off Iran Coast; Iran Warns Of Forceful Response To ‘Evil Acts’

Israeli Subs Destroy Russian Missiles In Syria – Russia Holds Largest Post-Soviet Military Drill

Spiegel Report: Israel Fitting Nuclear Arms On German-Supplied Submarines

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Das Boot ist kaputt! Germany has the world’s best submarines… but none of them work:

Germany is effectively without its entire submarine fleet, and won’t have one vessel operational for months to come. Each one of the navy’s vaunted U-boats is either on maintenance or in desperate need of repairs.

The German navy once boasted that its cutting-edge Type 212A submarines equipped with hydrogen fuel cells allow them to navigate submerged for over two weeks before resurfacing, thus giving them an edge over most diesel submarines that can stay submerged for only a few days. Each such vessel costs the German budget some €400 million ($469.9 million), according to the German ARD broadcasting corporation. However, the German military have recently admitted that all of their six precious vessels are out of action.

Berlin lost the last of its submarines this October when the Type 212A vessel named U-35 suffered serious damage to its rudder after hitting a rock during a diving maneuver off the Norwegian coast. The damage was so severe that the submarine had to be escorted to the German port of Kiel by testing ship the Helmsand. The rest of the submarine fleet, it turned out, was already out of service by that point.

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Putin launches deadly ‘Vladimir the Great’ submarine – complete with 20 ICBMs

Putin launches deadly ‘Vladimir the Great’ submarine – complete with 20 ballistic missiles:

VLADIMIR Putin has an incredible new weapon in his arsenal following the launch of the Russian Navy’s most powerful submarine to date.

The Knyaz Vladimir, meaning ‘Vladimir the Great’ is capable of launching 20 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), which can devastate cities up to 5,778 miles away.

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Russia floods Gibraltar waters with DEADLY submarines as military fears sinister plot

Russia floods Gibraltar waters with DEADLY submarines as military fears sinister plot:

RUSSIAN submarines have flooded the Gibraltar Strait sending British alarm bells ringing as tensions rise between Vladimir Putin and the west.

H/t reader kevin a.

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UK nuclear sub collides with merchant vessel off Gibraltar

UK nuclear sub collides with merchant vessel off Gibraltar:

One of Britain’s newest Astute-class submarines has docked at Gibraltar after suffering a “glancing collision” with a merchant vessel, the UK Royal Navy announced, emphasizing that the HMS Ambush suffered “absolutely no damage” to her nuclear reactor.

The incident happened at around 1:30pm local time on Wednesday, when HMS Ambush was “submerged and conducting a training exercise” off Gibraltar, the Royal Navy said in a statement.

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And Another German-Built Dolphin-Class Submarine (Costing $2 Billion To Build) Heads To Israel For Delivery

Posted this just in case you wanted to know how Israel invests U.S. taxpayers money.

US ‘To Boost’ Military Aid To Israel By ANOTHER $1.5 Billion Per Year (Israel Is Already Receiving  $3 Billion A Year):

The US has offered to increase military aid to Israel by another $1.5 billion per year to ease tensions over the nuclear deal with Iran, media has reported. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to make the offer during next week’s visit to Tel Aviv.The proposed increase would see Israel getting an additional squadron of F-35 fighter jets, funding for research and development of missile defense systems, and ammunition to replenish the stocks used in last year’s bombing of Gaza, Israeli sources told Jerusalem Post.Under the current arrangement, Israel is receiving $3 billion a year, most of which is used to purchase US military hardware such as fighter jets and missile defense systems. Israeli and US officials have been discussing increasing the amount of aid to anywhere between $4.2 and $4.5 billion per year, sources familiar with the talks told the New York Times.


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German-made submarine heads to Israel for delivery:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) — The latest German-built Dolphin-class submarine INS Rahav is en route to Haifa to be delivered to the Israeli Navy.

INS Rahav, given the Hebrew name for Greek god of the seas Poseidon, is one of the Israeli Defense Force’s most expensive weapons. The vessel’s voyage to Haifa comes roughly a decade after the Israeli government placed the order to German defense contractor Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft.

The company unveiled the submarine in April 2013, however more work was needed to ensure the vessel was fully operational. Rahav is the fifth submarine of its class to be delivered to the Israeli Navy, The Times of Israel reports.

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Did Russia Just “Gently” Threaten The USA?

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Did Russia Just “Gently” Threaten The USA?:

Interesting stuff today.  A major Russian TV channel just aired a report about Putin meeting with his top military commanders.  I don’t have the time to translate what Putin said word for word, but basically he said that the USA had refused every single Russian offer to negotiate about the US anti-missile system in Europe and that while the US had initially promised that the real target of this system was Iran, now that the Iranian nuclear issue had been solved, the US was still deploying the system.  Putin added that the US was clearly attempting to change the world’s military balance.  And then the Russian footage showed this:

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According to the Kremlin, it was a mistakenly leaked secret document.  And just to make sure that everybody got it, RT wrote a full article in English about this in an article entitled “‘Assured unacceptable damage’: Russian TV accidentally leaks secret ‘nuclear torpedo’ design“. According to RT:

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​Ex-Royal Navy sailor to RT: Trident whistleblower’s security allegations true

The British Royal Navy's submarine HMS Victorious
The British Royal Navy’s submarine HMS Victorious

​ Ex-Royal Navy sailor to RT: Trident whistleblower’s security allegations true (RT, May 20, 2015):

As Royal Navy whistleblower William McNeilly remains in military custody for criticizing Trident nuclear safety procedures, an ex-Navy sailor who backs many of his allegations has spoken at length to RT.

Euan Bryson, 25, served in Britain’s Royal Navy for 4 1/2 years as a communications and IT specialist. Among his leading roles were positions onboard the UK’s ex-Royal Navy flagships HMS Ark Royal and HMS illustrious.

The former sailor also served at the Faslane nuclear submarine base where McNeilly was working before publishing his 18-page report, which argued that the Trident nuclear program posed serious safety and security risks to Britain.

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Trident Nuclear Submarine Program Whistleblower To Hand Himself In

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Submariner who attacked Trident safety to hand himself in (BBC News, May 18, 2015):

A Royal Navy submariner who criticised safety procedures around the Trident nuclear-armed submarines has said he will hand himself in to police later.

William McNeilly, 25, went on the run after alleging the Trident nuclear missile programme, based on the Clyde, was a “disaster waiting to happen”.

Able Seaman McNeilly said: “Other people need to start coming forward.”

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