The US has deployed a nuclear submarine to the Middle East which will be seen by many as clear message of deterrence against regional rivals such as Iran and groups in Yemen and in Iraq.
The US Ohio-class submarine can launch ballistic missiles as well as nuclear and they can operate undetected for considerable periods of time.
The Ohio-class can also deploy special operations forces like most other submarines can and have ability to conduct strike operations with the element of surprise against enemy targets.
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“On November 5, 2023, an Ohio-class submarine arrived in the US Central Command area of responsibility,” US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in an unusual statement.
The Ohio-class submarine will join other assets in the “area of responsibility” which comes after a second US carrier strike group has arrived in the Middle East.
On November 5, 2023, an Ohio-class submarine arrived in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. pic.twitter.com/iDgUFp4enp
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) November 5, 2023
The arrival of the second US carrier strike group is to bolster American military “regional posture” as Israel has the “right to defend itself” following the 7 October attacks in southern Israel which killed at least 1,400 people.
Senior US defense officials in the Middle East said they are there “in support of Israel’s right to defend itself from terrorism and to contain the violence.”
“The strike group is commanded by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 and comprised of flagship aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), guided-missile destroyers USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Gravely (DDG 107) of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 with its nine squadrons, and the Information Warfare Commander,” Centcom said in a statement over the weekend.