(Bloomberg) — The US stated it deployed a cruise-missile submarine in the Middle East, boosting its naval fleet in the area amid rising tensions with Iran.
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The USS Florida — a nuclear-powered vessel able to carrying as many as 154 Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles — started transiting the Suez Canal from the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, in line with the US Naval Forces Central Command, which is predicated in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf.
The submarine is being deployed in help of the US Fifth Fleet, which can be based mostly in Bahrain, to “ensure regional maritime security and stability,” it stated in an announcement on Saturday.
A Bahrain-based spokesperson for the US Navy declined to offer additional particulars on the mission or specify whether or not the submarine was headed to the Persian Gulf as it might contravene operational safety protocols.
Last month, the US army carried out airstrikes towards Iran-backed teams in Syria. It got here after an American contractor was killed in what was stated to be an assault by an Iranian-made drone on a US army facility in northeast Syria.
Drone Strike Strains Biden’s ‘No Deal-No Crisis’ Iran Stance
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