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German subs bound for Israel banned from Norwegian waters

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German subs bound for Israel banned from Norwegian waters

Norway has refused to allow Germany to test new submarines it is selling to Israel in its territorial waters, according to Norwegian media reports last 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, as is customary, before being transferred into the hands of the Israeli navy. It was not clear at the time of the reports 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 submarines carrying missiles with nuclear warheads in the Persian Gulf. The article stated that the submarines are moving to the Persian Gulf in response to the growing missile threat to Israel from Syria, Iran and Hizbullah.

 

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