Israel Plans to Station Submarines in Persian Gulf

18 January 2010 (Last Updated January 18th, 2010 18:30)

The Israeli Navy said it plans to station one of its German-made Dolphin submarines in the waters of the Persian Gulf. Israel's use of the Dolphin submarine in exercises in the Red Sea will allow the country to maintain a continued presence in the Persian Gulf when it receives its subma

The Israeli Navy said it plans to station one of its German-made Dolphin submarines in the waters of the Persian Gulf.

Israel's use of the Dolphin submarine in exercises in the Red Sea will allow the country to maintain a continued presence in the Persian Gulf when it receives its submarines from Germany in 2011-2012, according to German daily Tagesspiegel.

An Israeli-German cabinet meeting in Berlin is expected to focus on Israel's push to buy a sixth Dolphin-class nuclear submarine from Germany.

The German Government approved shipyard company Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft to construct two additional Dolphin submarines for the Israeli Navy.

The submarines are being built in German shipyards and will be equipped with US-supplied Harpoon cruise missiles and nuclear warheads.