The Dolphin Submarine..
(photo credit: IDF)
Norway has refused to allow Germany to test new submarines it is selling to Israel in its territorial waters, according to Norwegian media reports this week.
The Dolphin-class submarines, built by the German company HDW in the port city of Kiel, were supposed to undergo several tests in the waters off the Norwegian coast before being transferred into the hands of the Israeli navy.
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It was not clear at the time of this report whether the testing ban would delay the transfer of the submarines into Israeli hands.
In May, the Sunday Times
reported that Israel is planning to permanently station a submarine
missiles with nuclear warheads in the Persian Gulf.
According to the report, Israeli submarines have visited the Gulf
before, but it was decided in May that the Israeli navy should maintain a
permanent presence of at least one of the vessels in the strategic
The article stated that the submarines are moving to the Persian Gulf in
respone to the growing missile threat to Israel from Syria, Iran and