The US has made an unusual announcement that an Ohio-class nuclear submarine has arrived in the US Central Command (CENTCOM) operational area.
The United States Central Command (USCENTCOM or CENTCOM) is one of the eleven unified combatant commands of the United States Department of Defense. It was established in 1983 and took over the former responsibilities of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (RDJTF).
The area of responsibility (AOR) covers the Middle East (including Egypt in Africa), Central Asia and parts of South Asia.
The command even published a photo on Monday of that submarine “sailing through the Suez Canal,” according to JPost.
The Ohio class of nuclear-powered submarines includes the U.S. Navy’s 14 ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) and four cruise missile submarines (SSGNs).
Each displacing 18,750 tons underwater, the Ohio-class boats are the largest submarines ever built for the U.S. Navy.
The identity of the submarine was not disclosed, according to JPost, and it is also unknown whether it is one of the four submarines carrying Tomahawk cruise missiles or one of the 14 submarines carrying the Trident-II ballistic missiles, but it is still “an important addition to America’s deterrent force in the region” and “the ability to strike if necessary.”
photo US CENTCOM – ISWI