The Commander of the Israeli Navy, Vice Admiral Eli Sharvit, has announced that the model name of the new submarines set to arrive in Israel from Germany over the next coming years will be called “Dakar” in honor of the submarine which was lost 50 years ago.
“This decision is the culmination of a series of processes, including a discussion with the families of the fallen and a series of consultations with senior members of the military, both past and present,” read a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
“The decision took into account the opposition of some of the families to calling one of the new submarines named after the INS Dakar alongside their desire to commemorate the submarine fighters,” the statement added.
At the end of the examination process, Sharvit decided to commemorate the INS Dakar by naming the model of the next generation submarines after it. The name of the sixth submarine currently being built will also have its name changed.
According to the IDF, bereaved families of the INS Dakar were updated by Navy representatives over the last 24 hours.
"This decision rests on the tremendous honor that deserves to be given to the fallen soldiers of INS Dakar and all those who cherish their memory,” said Sharvit. “The Navy will continue to support the families of its fallen, with great respect and esteem, as we have done throughout the years. I hope that this will end the dispute and we will all look together when future submarines enter active service in the Navy.”
[Source: The Jerusalem Post]