Israel aims to become the region's undisputed naval power (SCW #102)

Date: June 1, 2013

By: Daniel Whyte III

Description: Israel aims to become the region's undisputed naval power. According to Gulf News, with the acquisition this month of a sixth German-made submarine, Israel is seeking to position itself as the region's undisputed naval powerhouse. From spying on enemies to intercepting illegal arms shipments to blockading the Gaza Strip, Israel's naval capabilities are playing a more prominent role in the nation's security. The latest advanced German sub, with a price tag of more than $500 million, is Israel's most expensive piece of military equipment. Defence Minister Ehud Barak recently said the subs could also play a role in attacking Iranian nuclear development facilities.

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