Report: Submarine Spying Off Coast Last Year Was American

Defense Ministry: No knowledge of such identification; U.S. officials have no comment on television report.

A foreign submarine spotted spying off the coast by naval intelligence last November was American, Channel Two TV reported Sunday.

The submarine was on a spy mission in the sea across from the northern city of Nahariya when it was discovered by naval intelligence. It turned around and left the area after it was spotted, according to a report published Nov. 15.

The unsourced Channel Two report identified the submarine as American. Officials in Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz's office said they did not know of such an identification. U.S. officials had no immediate comment.

Israeli defenses spotted the vessel just inside Israeli territorial waters about 18 kilometers off the coast, the military said at the time.

The TV report said such spy missions by U.S. submarines are common.