US moves a nuclear-powered submarine and two guided-missile cruisers to the Persian Gulf.
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In an attempt to showcase its weaponry after the attack on a US embassy by Iranian-backed militias, US sent a nuclear-powered submarine, USS Georgia equipped with 154 tomahawk missiles to the Persian Gulf on Monday. This comes amid rising tensions, after the assassination of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, former head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The submarine passed through the strait of Hormuz on Monday accompanied by two guided-missile cruisers.
It has been eight years since such a submarine with a guided missile system entered the Persian Gulf and is within striking distance of Iran. Such submarines can support up to 66 special operations troops, such as Advanced SEAL Delivery System or dry deck shelter.
Navy Commander Rebecca Rebirich said that it is just a routine maritime operation.
USS Georgia is supporting routine maritime security operations in the region.Navy Commander Rebecca Rebirich
She also said,
Georgia’s presence in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s ability to sail and operate wherever international law allows.Navy Commander Rebecca Rebirich
‘As an inherently flexible maneuver force, capable of supporting routine and contingency operations, Georgia’s presence demonstrates the United States’ commitment to regional partners and maritime security with a full spectrum of capabilities to remain ready to defend against any threat at any timeNavy Commander Rebecca Rebirich
The US aircraft carrier Nimitz is currently stationed outside the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Sea. Even though the navy said multiple times that these routine navy movements have long been planned, it is undoubtedly suspicious due to the recent escalating tensions between US and Iran.