Spying Israeli submarine ejected by vigilant Algerian navy
The Algerian National Navy detected an Israeli regime’s Dolphin submarine last week on the edge of Algerian territorial waters, chased it and forced it to rise to the surface before leaving the area.
According to a Friday report by menadefense.net the incident occurred during the Algerian army's maritime drills in the western coasts which took place on 29 and 30 September.
The drill, which saw the participation of many Algerian naval units, was intended to demonstrate the capabilities of in-depth attack, or stealth destruction of targets at sea at very long distances. Radaa 2021 took place in the presence of the Chief of Staff General Said Chengriha, the commander of the naval forces and the head of the second military region.
It was during the preparation of the exercise, on September 27, that an incident occurred. An Israeli Dolphin class submarine was spotted by passive detection, tracked and forced to surface in international waters and leave the area. According to the report, the Dolphin was detected by the acoustic systems of an Algerian Kilo submarine. “The Dolphin was detected by the acoustic systems of an Algerian Kilo submarine. The decision was quickly taken to pursue it aggressively without the use of sonar in order to avoid counter detection,” the website said. “Being surrounded, the crew of the Dolphin preferred to surface to indicate that they were abandoning the mission and moved away from the Algerian coast.”
Pointing to the objectives of the Israeli submarine’s presence, the report said they must have been “intelligence and technical information gathering” since it was expected that at least one Algerian submarine would fire one or more missiles.
“In this case, the Dolphin would have obtained the precious acoustic signature indicating the opening of the missile racks and would have recorded the sound of the firing preparation and firing routine; valuable information that could help predict the actions taken by Algerian crews in the event of a conflict,” the website said.
“The fact that the exercise is complex and involves many warships, was also an opportunity to make electronic intelligence and collect data on the transmissions of the Algerian Navy and their encryption,” it added.
The report concluded by noting that, the real question is whether this renewed Israeli interest in the Algerian army is linked to tensions between Algeria and Morocco or whether there are other motives behind it.