DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An American nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine traversed the vital waterway between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula on Monday, the U.S. Navy stated a rare statement that comes amid increasing tensions with Iran.
The odd transit from the Persian Gulf’s shallow waters, aimed at underscoring American military might in the area, follows the killing last month of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an undercover scientist called from the West since the pioneer of the Islamic Republic’s disbanded military nuclear program. Additionally, it includes some 2 weeks ahead of the anniversary of this American drone hit in January that killed top Iranian army commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Iran has promised to seek revenge for the two killings.
The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine’s existence in Mideast waterways indicates the U.S. Navy’s”devotion to regional partners and marine security,” the Navy said, demonstrating its willingness” to defend against any danger at any moment.” The USS Georgia is equipped with 154 Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles and will host up to 66 special operations forces, the Navy added.
Before this month, the U.S. military flew two bomber aircraft into the Middle East at a mission which U.S. officials explained as a concept of deterrence into Iran. The exhibits of the military could be supposed to indicate the United States’ ongoing dedication to the Middle East even as President Donald Trump’s administration devoting tens of thousands of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 5th Fleet covers an area of 2.5 million square kilometers (6.5 million square km ), running throughout the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Oman, and portions of the Indian Ocean.