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US Sends Ohio-class Nuclear Submarine to the Middle East

The identity of the submarine was not disclosed and it is not known whether it is one of the four submarines that carry Tomahawk cruise missiles or of the 14 submarines that carry the Trident-II ballistic missiles.

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(DEFENCE SECURITY ASIA) — The US issued an unusual announcement that an Ohio-type nuclear submarine had arrived in the operational area of the US Central Command, and the command published a photo of it passing through the Suez Canal, on Monday.

It’s rare for the Defense Department to publicize the movements of its nuclear-capable submarines. 

The identity of the submarine was not disclosed and it is not known whether it is one of the four submarines that carry Tomahawk cruise missiles or of the 14 submarines that carry the Trident-II ballistic missiles, but it is still a significant addition to the American deterrence force in the region, and the ability to attack if necessary.

The message comes two days after the Navy announced that two aircraft carrier strike groups — the Gerald R. Ford and Dwight D. Eisenhower — launched aircraft and practiced missile defense during a three-day exercise in the Mediterranean Sea.

The show of strength coincides with high-level diplomacy aimed at preventing a wider war in the Middle East.

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Meanwhile, in the New York Times, it was reported earlier that following the announcement of the visit that was supposed to take place this week – the head of the CIA William Burns has already arrived in Israel.

Burns is expected to hold talks on the continuation of the fighting against Hamas and the issue of the abductees. 

Burns, who is visiting as part of a tour that includes several Middle Eastern nations such as Egypt, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, is scheduled to meet on Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is also likely to convene with the war Cabinet. — DSA

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