Israel took delivery Thursday of a fourth submarine boosting its fleet in face of the growing threats and challenges in the Middle East. In a ceremony at the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft shipyard in Kiel, the INS Tanin was lowered into the water with the participation of OC Navy Vice-Admiral Ram Rothberg, other senior naval officers and Defense Ministry Director-General Udi Shani.

The ceremony marked the official delivery and transfer of responsibility of the submarine to the Israeli Navy.

A bottle of champagne was broken on the side of the ship as is customary upon the launching of new navy vessels.

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