Answers to Sub Mystery Questions from 10 OCT 2014
1 - Identify INS Tanin's German type and nearest (public) class number. ANS: The air-independent propulsion (AIP) equipped Tanin is similar to Type 212 German Navy subs in underwater endurance.
2 - What is unusual about INS Tanin's size? ANS: The three Dolphin 2 AIP subs are 12 metres longer with a crew capacity exceeds both Type 212 and Type 214.
3 - What two security precautions are evident in the video? ANS: Faces are blurred or not shown in the video; and below deck scenes are darkened and/or rigged for red.
4 - Have we ever seen those precautions utilized in connection with publicly-released videos of U.S. subs? ANS: Yes! Operational sub examples: darkened and red rigged (below):
5 - What is disconcerting about the captions in some video scenes (HINT: Not language). ANS: The juxtoposition of Navy uniforms with Army titles. Example: "Major General Ram Rothberg" in admiral regalia at 0:09 minutes).
6 - What is the exact rank of the presiding admiral? ANS: "Major General Rothberg is a general ("aluf") in the Israel Defense Forces and head (Vice Admiral) of Israel's Navy.
7 - What is the rank of the "Submarine Project Commander"?
ANS: Colonel (see the back of "Colonel A, Commander of the AIP Dolphin Submarine Project" at 0:42 minutes).
8 - What is the customary rank of a U.S. SSN COs currently? ANS: CDR (O-5).
9 - What was the customary rank of a U.S. SSN COs when SSNs carried nuclear weps (during Cold War)? ANS: CDR (O-5).
10 - What has been the customary rank of U.S. SSBN COs that have traditionally carried nuclear weps? ANS: CAPT (O-6)
11 - What is a major diiferent between IDF and U.S. officer rank insgnia? ANS: IDF NAVY officer insignia are all gold versus silver or gold for U.S. officers (all branches) and other IDF branches. (reference).
12 - What IDF naval rank insignia most resembles a U.S. commander's? ANS: Lt. Colonel.
Submarines are always silent and strange.