INS Dakar

INS Dakar

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INS Dakar (77-צ) was the former modified British T-class submarine of the Royal Navy. In 1965, she was purchased by Israel as part of a group of three T-class submarines. She was commissioned into the Israeli Sea Corps in November 1967 and underwent sea and diving trials in Scotland. Dakar departed for Israel on 9 January 1968, but disappeared en route with all hands. Despite extensive searches over the course of three decades, Dakars wreckage was not found until 1999, when it was located between the islands of Cyprus and Crete. A portion of the vessel was salvaged and is on display at the Naval Museum in Haifa. The exact cause of Dakars sinking is not known.

Early career

HMS Totem (P352) was built to the group 3 variant of the T class design at H.M. Dockyard in Devonport and launched on 28 September 1943. The submarine was completed and commissioned in early 1945. After the end of World War II, Totem and the other surviving group 3 boats were equipped with submarine snorkels to allow longer periods of operation underwater. Between 1951 and 1953, Totem was one of eight boats converted to the "Super T" design, which allowed the vessel higher speed and quieter underwater operation.

Purchase by Israel

In 1965, Totem was purchased by Israel, along with two of her T-class sister boats, and . The former HMS Totem was commissioned into the Israeli Navy on 10 November 1967 as INS Dakar (דקר), (), under the command of Major Ya'acov Ra'anan.

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