List of ships of the Israeli Navy

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The following is a list of vessels that have served in the Israeli Navy since 1948.

"INS" stands for "Israeli Navy Ship".[1]

Missile corvettes[edit]

Class Ship name Meaning History Fate Status
Sa'ar 5-class corvettes
(Israeli design, built in United States)
INS Eilat (501) Eilat Launched on February 9, 1993.
Commissioned on May 24, 1994.
Active
INS Lahav (502) Blade Launched on August 20, 1993.
Commissioned on September 23, 1994.
Active
INS Hanit (503) Spear Launched on March 4, 1994.
Commissioned on February 7, 1995.
Damaged by a C-802 ASM fired by Hezbollah during the 2006 Lebanon War. Repaired. Active

Missile boats[edit]

Class Ship name Meaning History Fate Status
Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boats
Hetz-subclass
(Israel)
INS Romach Lance Launched and commissioned on October 1981. Modernized in the early 1990s to match some up-to-date specifications of the Hetz-subclass. Active
INS Keshet Bow Launched on October 1982.
Commissioned on November 1982.
Modernized in the early 1990s to match some up-to-date specifications of the Hetz-subclass. Active
INS Hetz Arrow Keel laid in 1984, launched on October 1990, commissioned on February 1991. Active
INS Kidon Javelin Commissioned on February 1994, comprising various systems dismantled from older Sa'ar 4 INS Kidon hull. Active
INS Tarshish Tarshish Commissioned on June 1995, comprising some systems dismantled from older Sa'ar 4 INS Tarshish hull. Active
INS Yaffo Jaffa Commissioned on July 1998, comprising various systems dismantled from older Sa'ar 4 INS Yaffo hull. Active
INS Herev Sword Commissioned on July 2002, comprising modern equipment and weapon systems. Active
INS Sufa Storm Commissioned on May 2003, comprising modern equipment and weapon systems. Active
Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boats
Aliya-subclass
(Israel)
INS Aliya Homecoming Launched on July 1980.
Commissioned on August 1980.
Sold to Mexico in 2004 as ARM Huracán. Sold
INS Geula Salvation Launched on October 1980.
Commissioned on December 1980.
Sold to Mexico in 2004 as ARM Tormenta. Sold
Sa'ar 4-class missile boats
(Israel)
INS Reshef Spark Launched in 1973.
Commissioned on February 1973.
Sold to Chile in 1997 as LM-34 Angamos. Sold
INS Keshet Bow Launched in 1973.
Commissioned before October 1973.
Sold to Chile in 1981 as LM-31 Chipana. Sold
INS Romach Lance Launched
in 1974.
Sold to Chile in 1979 as LM-30 Casma. Sold
INS Kidon Javelin Launched in 1974. Disassembled. Various systems reassembled atop Sa'ar 4.5 hull in 1994. The old hull sunk as an underwater memorial. Retired
INS Tarshish Tarshish Launched in 1975. Disassembled. Some systems reassembled atop Sa'ar 4.5 hull in 1995. The old hull sold to Chile in 1997 as LM-35 Papudo. Sold
INS Yaffo Jaffa Launched in 1975. Disassembled. Various systems reassembled atop new Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat hull in 1998. Retired
INS Nitzachon Victory Launched on July 1978.
Commissioned on September 1978.
Retired in 2014.[2] Retired
INS Atzmaut Independence Launched on December 1978.
Commissioned on February 1979.
Retired in 2014.[3] Used as a practice target for Harpoon missiles.[4] Retired
INS Moledet Homeland Launched in 1979. Sold to Sri-Lanka in 2000 as SLNS Suranimala. Sold
INS Komemiyut Sovereignty Launched in 1980. Sold to Sri-Lanka in 2000 as SLNS Nandimitra. Sold
Sa'ar 3-class missile boats
(German-Israeli design, built in France)
INS Sa'ar (331) Tempest Launched in 1969. Commissioned in 1970. Retired
INS Sufa (332) Storm Launched in 1969. Commissioned in 1970. Retired
INS Ga'ash (333) Volcanic Storm Launched in 1969. Commissioned in 1970. In 1981 accidentally beached in Saudi Arabia. Repaired. Retired
INS Herev (341) Sword Launched in 1969. Commissioned in 1970. Retired
INS Hanit (342) Spear Launched in 1969. Commissioned in 1970. Sold to Chile in 1988 as LM-32 Iquique Sold
INS Hetz (343) Arrow Launched in 1969. Commissioned in 1970. Sold to Chile in 1988 as LM-33 Covadonga Sold
Sa'ar 2-class missile boats
(German-Israeli design, built in France)
INS Mivtach (311) Reliance Converted from Sa'ar 1-class patrol boat in 1974. Set in the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum. Retired
INS Miznak (312) Jet branch Converted from Sa'ar 1-class patrol boat in 1974. Retired
INS Misgav (313) Stronghold Converted from Sa'ar 1-class patrol boat in 1974. Retired
INS Eilat (321) Eilat Commissioned in 1969. Retired
INS Haifa (322) Haifa Commissioned in 1969. Retired
INS Akko (323) Akko Commissioned in 1969. Retired

Submarines[edit]

Class Ship name Meaning History Fate Status
Dolphin 2 class submarines[5]
(German-Israeli design, built in Germany)
INS Tanin Tannin Launched in February 2012. Commissioned on September 23, 2014. Active
INS Rahav Rahab Launched in April 2013. Commissioned on January 12, 2016. Active
INS Dakar Grouper Ordered in 2011.
Dolphin class submarines
(German-Israeli design, built in Germany)
INS Dolphin Dolphin Launched on April 12, 1996.
Commissioned on July 30, 1999.
Active
INS Leviathan Leviathan Launched on April 25, 1997.
Commissioned on November 15, 1999.
Active
INS Tkuma Revival Launched on June 26, 1998.
Commissioned on July 25, 2000.
Active
Gal class submarines
(German-Israeli design, built in UK)
INS Gal Wave Launched on December 1975.
Commissioned on December 1976.
Set in the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum. Retired
INS Tanin Tannin Launched on October 1975.
Commissioned on July 1977.
Retired in early or mid 2000s. Retired
INS Rahav Rahab Launched in 1977.
Commissioned on December 1977.
Retired in early or mid 2000s. Retired
T class submarines
(United Kingdom)
INS Leviatan (Tz-75) Leviathan Formerly HMS Turpin (P354). Purchased from UK in 1965. Commissioned in 1967. Retired before 1978. Retired
INS Dakar (Tz-77) Grouper Formerly HMS Totem (P352). Purchased from UK in 1966. Lost in sea on January 1968, before official commissioning. Wreckage found in May 1999. Sunk
INS Dolphin (Tz-79) Dolphin Formerly HMS Truncheon (P353). Purchased from UK in 1967. Commissioned in 1968. Retired before 1977. Retired
S class submarines
(United Kingdom)
INS Tanin (Tz-71) Tannin Formerly HMS Springer (P264). Purchased from UK in 1958. Commissioned on December 1959. Retired before 1972. Retired
INS Rahav (Tz-73) Rahab Formerly HMS Sanguine (P266). Purchased from UK in 1958. Commissioned on May 1960. Retired in 1968 and cannibalized for spare parts for INS Tanin. Retired

Pre-WW2 gunships[edit]

Class Ship name Meaning History Fate Status
Icebreaker
(United States)
INS Eilat (A-16)
and later
INS Matzpen
Eilat

Compass
Formerly USCGC Northland (WPG-49). Commissioned on May 21 1948, becoming the first warship of the Israeli Sea Corps. Served mainly for training, with limited combat capability. Renamed to INS Matzpen in 1957. Retired in 1962. Retired
Flower class corvettes
(United Kingdom)
INS HaShomer and also
INS Wedgwood (K-18)
Named after Josiah Wedgwood Formerly HMCS Beauharnois (K540).
Commissioned on 9 June 1948.
Retired in 1954 Retired
INS Haganah (K-20) Haganah Formerly HMCS Norsyd (K520).
Commissioned on 18 July 1948.
Retired in the late 1950s Retired
Revenue cutter
(United States)
INS Hatikvah (K-22) Hatikvah Formerly USCGC Gresham (WPG-85).
Launched in 1896. Acquired in 1948.
Retired in 1951 Retired
Converted patrol yacht
(Germany, United States)
INS Maoz (K-24) Stronghold Formerly USS Cythera (PY-31) and Vita
Launched in 1931. Acquired in 1948.
Retired in 1956 Retired
PC-461-class submarine chaser
(United States)
INS Nogah (K-26) Venus Formerly USS PC-1265 and ASPC Yucatán.
Commissioned in October 1948.
Retired in 1952 Retired
INS Nogah 2 (K-22) Venus Formerly USS PC-1188.
Arrived in 1953.
Retired in late 1960s Retired
River class frigates
(United Kingdom)
INS Mivtach (K-28) Reliance Formerly HMCS Orkney (K448). Purchased from Canada and commissioned in 1949. Sold to Ceylon as HMCyS Mahasena. Sold
INS Misgav (K-30) Stronghold Formerly HMCS Strathadam (K682). Purchased from Canada and commissioned in 1950. Retired in the late 1960s. Expended in 1970, used as a target in Gabriel missile trials. Retired
INS Miznak (K-32) Jet branch Formerly HMCS Hallowell (K666). Purchased from Canada in 1950. Commissioned in 1952. Sold to Ceylon in 1958 as HMCyS Gajabahu. Sold
Hunt class destroyer
(United Kingdom)
INS Haifa (K-38) Haifa Formerly HMS Mendip (L60). Captured from Egypt on 31 October 1956. Commissioned in 1957. Expended in 1968, used as a target in Gabriel missile trials. Retired
Z class destroyers
(United Kingdom)
INS Eilat (K-40) Eilat Formerly HMS Zealous (R39). Purchased from UK in 1955. Commissioned on July 1956. Sunk by SS-N-2 Styx missiles fired from Egyptian missile boats, on 21 October 1967. Sunk
INS Yaffo (K-42) Jaffa Formerly HMS Zodiac (R54). Purchased from UK in 1955. Commissioned on July 1956. Expended in 1970, used as a target in Gabriel missile trials. Retired

Pre-WW2 gunboats[edit]

Class Ship name Meaning History Fate Status
Fairmile B motor launch
(United Kingdom)
INS HaPortzim (M-17) The Breachers Purchased from British mandate government. Commissioned in July 1948. Retired Retired
Yacht
(United Kingdom)
INS Palmach (M-19) Palmach Former HMS Moretta. Purchased from British mandate government. Commissioned in July 1948. Sunk during a storm near the port of Yaffo. Sunk
Harbour Defence Motor Launch
(United Kingdom)
INS Dror (M-21) Freedom Purchased from British mandate government. Commissioned in July 1948. Retired Retired
INS Sa'ar (M-23) Tempest Purchased from British mandate government. Commissioned in July 1948. Retired Retired
INS Tirtza (M-35) Purchased from Cyprus. Commissioned in August 1948. Retired Retired
R boat
(Germany)
INS Galia (M-31) Former German patrol boat, purchased from Italy. Commissioned in August 1948. Retired Retired

Patrol boats[edit]

[6]

Shaldag class fast patrol boat
Dvora class fast patrol boat

Hydrofoils[edit]

  • Grumman M161 hydrofoil
    • INS Shimrit (Built by Grumman)
    • INS Shlomit (Built in Israel) Sold for scrap in September 1991.[9]

Landing ships[edit]

Support ships[edit]

[10]

  • INS Bat Yam - Stollergrund class utility ship, former FGS Kalkgrund (Y865)
  • INS Bat Galim - Stollergrund class utility ship, former FGS Bant (Y867)

Commando boats[edit]

  • Dolphin type underwater craft
  • Maiale (pig) type underwater craft
  • Snunit boats
  • Zaharon boats
  • Moulit boats
  • Morena rigid-hulled inflatable boats

References[edit]

External links[edit]