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Exclusive – In the belly of the whale: Israeli sub simulates strike

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By Dan Williams INS LEVIATHAN, Mediterranean Sea (Reuters) – When fighting erupted in Gaza last month and rockets rained on Israel, the men operating its navy submarine Leviathan knew next to nothing. Deep beneath the Mediterranean sea, they were relayed only brief bulletins so as not to be distracted from their mission. “We are by definition clandestine and, to a degree, isolated at sea. Our performance depends on our focus,” a senior navy officer told Reuters aboard Leviathan during a training run, in the first such foreign media access to the vessels. Speculation surrounds the role of the f…

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