Shmuel Tankus

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Shmuel "Shmulik" Tankus
Shmuel Tankus1960.jpg
Born 4 November 1914
Jaffa, Ottoman-controlled Palestine
Died 4 March 2012(2012-03-04) (aged 97)[1]
Allegiance  Israel
Service/branch  Israeli Navy
Years of service 1930–1960
Rank Aluf
Commands held Commander of the Israeli Navy
Battles/wars World War II
Israeli War of Independence
Suez Crisis

Aluf (Rear Admiral) Shmuel "Shmulik" Tankus (Hebrew: שמואל טנקוס‎‎‎; 14 November 1914 – 4 March 2012) was the fifth commander of the Israeli Navy, serving from 30 June 1954 until 1960.[2]

Tankus was born in 1914 in the Neve Shalom district of Jaffa under Ottoman-controlled Palestine. He was scion to a clan from the Caucasus that had settled in Palestine following a vision by the clan's elder.[3] He studied at The Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium in Tel Aviv

He joined the Palmach, and served in Palyam. He reported to Yohai Ben-Nun, who was Commander of the Port Brigade (Hebrew: מפקדי פלוגת הנמל‎‎) and is considered the father of the Israeli Naval Academy.

In 1942, he married Yafa Grobshtein. They had a daughter, Ruth, who volunteered for service in the Navy. He lived in Haifa from 1952 onwards. In 2001, he was accorded the honour of Friend or Beloved of the municipality.


  1. ^,7340,L-4198215,00.html
  2. ^ A Navy is Born Moshe Amon
  3. ^ Tsadok Eshel (2003). Shmuel Tankus: From the Yarkon River to the Israeli Navy. Ministry of Defence, Jerusalem. p. 174. ISBN 965-05-1231-4. 

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