Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Espionage mission: Iran sends submarine One Red Sea

Tehran - There is already the second challenge of this type that approximately four months had seen the last Iranian naval mission in the Red Sea for massive diplomatic upset - now comes the next venture from Tehran. Iran has for the first time U-boats sent to the region. The goal is to collect "information about warships of other countries," says the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars.

A naval unit with the U-boats had been staying since May in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen and is now run in the Red Sea, they say. How many ships are involved in the mission is still unclear. The U-boats accompanied the Association for a "reconnaissance mission". The boats will gather information about foreign fleets and measure the water depth in international waters.

With violent protests in February, Israel Tehran had sent two warships through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal to Syria. It was the first time that ships passed through the channel of its kind since the Iranian revolution of 1979. Israel had a "political provocation" and said its navy put on the alert.

The Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman had at that time the "hubris and audacity in Iran" complained. The international community must "understand that Israel can not ignore these provocations forever," he warned. At the same time threw Lieberman to the international community not to be prepared to deal with the provocations from Tehran.

Even Arab states are looking at the power plays of the Tehran government with suspicion. Since publication of the WikiLeaks documents the whole world knows what to think about leading Saudi politicians Iran: They asked the U.S. to halt the expansion drive of the mullahs with a military strike stop.

Now that Iranian submarines in the Red Sea operate - directly in front of the Saudi coast - is expected to please the powerful state oil barely. Several submarine fleet in Iran Iran has several sub-types in his arsenal. Besides being light submarine Nahang from own production with a weight of 500 tons of Iran's navy also has three Russian Kilo submarines of the class of 3000 tons, Tehran had bought in the nineties of Moscow.

Added to eleven small submarines are of the type Ghadir with only 120 tons, which are in use since 2007 and can be used especially in coastal areas. Iran also began in 2008 with the construction of submarines of the type Kaem that can act as a medium-sized U-boats in the open sea.

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