|Shmuel "Shmulik" Tankus|
|Born||4 November 1914
Jaffa, Ottoman-controlled Palestine
|Died||4 March 2012(aged 97)|
|Years of service||1930–1960|
|Commands held||Commander of the Israeli Navy|
|Battles/wars||World War II
Israeli War of Independence
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. 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.
- A Navy is Born Moshe Amon
- Tsadok Eshel (2003). Shmuel Tankus: From the Yarkon River to the Israeli Navy. Ministry of Defence, Jerusalem. p. 174. ISBN 965-05-1231-4.