Newest Israeli submariners complete 16-month qualification course

The IDF has 3 Dolphin class submarines in commission (based on the German Type 209 design) and has 3 Dolphin II class on order (based on the German Type 212/214 design).

Meet the IDF´s newest submariners

Graduates of the Israeli Navy’s prestigious submarine course completed a year and 4 months of grueling training to be inducted into the elite aquatic unit this week

The graduation ceremony for the Israeli Navy’s latest submarine crew training course took place on Sunday (June 30) at the IDF’s naval base in Haifa. The ceremony was attended by the Commander in Chief of the Israeli Navy Vice Adm. Ram Rothberg, Commander of the Haifa Naval Base Brig. Gen. Eliahu Sharvit, Commander of the Submarine Flotilla Col. G., as well as the graduates’ families, guests and friends.Soldiers are inducted into the prestigious submarine course on a voluntary basis. The 16-month-long course is renowned for being challenging and focusing on professionalism and values. After completing all three stages of the course, the graduates are awarded the rank of sergeant and the coveted submariner’s badge. In the coming week the graduates will begin manning their positions aboard the navy’s submarines according to the respective specialist tracks for which they were selected during the course.

Systems track: Soldiers in this track operate some of the most complex technical systems in the IDF including hydraulics, pneumatics and engines.

Navigation and detection track: The IDF’s submarines are equipped with some of the world’s most advanced detection and navigation systems. These soldiers’ duty is to safely direct the submarine’s movements deep under the surface.

Electronics track: These soldiers provide technical supervision and operation of the command and control systems in all of the submarine’s engineering processes.

Weapons track: The Israeli Navy’s submarine flotilla boasts incredibly sophisticated weapons systems which are maintained and operated by soldiers in this track.

Sonar track: Soldiers analyse and operate the submarine’s sonar systems, while managing the various scenarios that the vessel is likely to encounter in open water.