What is so interesting in this article, at least to me, are the following statements [fyi: hyperlinks - the first three Dcs......]:

Leading off the always lurking and deadly wolfpacks is Israel's fleet of Dolphin-class submarines, each carrying U.S.-supplied Harpoon cruise missiles - armed with nuclear warheads.


Starting with just three of these Dolphin-class undersea intruders, the Israeli inventory quickly went to a fourth and a fifth. And there are reportedly at least a half-dozen in the pipeline - two being built by the People's Republic of China.

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http://www.newsmax.com/archives/arti...2/222400.shtml




Silent Nuclear Submarines Add to Iran Tensions
Dave Eberhart, NewsMax
Thursday, April 13, 2006 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The silent submarine forces of the United States, Israel and Iran are all ramping up for a hot war, adding yet more tension to an already volatile Middle East - made all the more uneasy by Iran's relentless march to become a nuclear power.





Leading off the always lurking and deadly wolfpacks is Israel's fleet of Dolphin-class submarines, each carrying U.S.-supplied Harpoon cruise missiles - armed with nuclear warheads.

The Israel submarines can remain at sea for a month and are equipped with six torpedo tubes appropriate for conventional torpedoes. The tubes can also be used to launch the nuclear-tipped cruise missiles - missiles that could reach some of the targeted sites in Iran critical to its nuclear development.

Starting with just three of these Dolphin-class undersea intruders, the Israeli inventory quickly went to a fourth and a fifth. And there are reportedly at least a half-dozen in the pipeline - two being built by the People's Republic of China.
Although most particulars of Iran's military assets - both personnel and hardware - are closely held by that country, military experts opine that Iran has up to six Russian-built SSK or SSI Kilo-class diesel submarines prowling the Gulf.