Why has the US stationed a nuclear submarine in the Middle East?

The US has deployed submarines into the region before and announced its recent presence amid rising tensions with Iran

Martha McHardy
Tuesday 07 November 2023 07:32 GMT
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The US has admitted to stationing a nuclear-capable submarine in the Middle East.

It provided no other details in its online statement yesterday, though it posted an image that appeared to show a submarine in Egypt’s Suez Canal near its Suez Canal Bridge.

Central Command separately released an image of a nuclear-capable B-1 bomber also operating in the Middle East yesterday.

The acknowledgement of the location of the Ohio-class submarine by the US is incredibly rare. The nuclear submarine is part of America’s so-called “nuclear triad” of atomic weapons — which also includes land-based ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs aboard strategic bombers.

Ohio-class submarines can carry up to 24 ballistic missiles, with 12 warheads each, and can create damage equivalent to the distance of around 192 separate cities or other targets. However, it is unclear if the submarine operating in the Middle East carries nuclear ballistic missiles.

The US has deployed submarines into the region before and announced its recent presence amid rising tensions with Iran.

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