Israel is planning to permanently station a submarine carrying nuclear cruise missiles in the Persian Gulf, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday.
Israeli submarines have visited the Gulf before, but the decision has now been taken to ensure a permanent presence of at least one of the vessels.
The paper claims that the government has decided to station at least one of three submarines armed with nuclear missiles permanently within striking distance of Iran in the Persian Gulf.
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According to the article the submarines are moving to the Persian Gulf
in respone to the growing missile threat to Israel from Syria, Iran and
Israeli submarines are known to periocially visit the area but this is
the first report that they may be permanently stationed there.
The diesel powered submarines are Dolphin class and were built in
Germany to Israeli specifications.