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US Navy deploys nuclear submarine to Middle East amid rising tensions with Iran

The Iranian regime has increasingly targeted civilian ships in Middle East waterways

The Ohio-class guided missile submarine USS Florida (Photo: U.S. Navy/Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Lynn Friant)

The United States Navy sent USS Florida, a nuclear-powered submarine, to the volatile Middle East region amid rising tensions with the Iranian regime. The powerful American Ohio-class submarine is reportedly capable of carrying 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles. 

The U.S. Navy rarely reveals specifics on its capabilities or missions. However, Commander Tim Hawkins, a spokesperson for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, said the submarine was deployed to "help ensure regional maritime security and stability."

The Iranian regime has increasingly targeted civilian ships in Middle East waterways and ramped up its harassment of American naval troops in the Persian Gulf region. 

In February, Iranian-affiliated forces attacked Campo Square, an oil tanker linked to Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, off the coast of Oman. At the time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Iranian regime of threatening international freedom of navigation across the Middle East. 

"Iran again attacked an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf and harmed the international freedom of navigation," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the ayatollah regime.

Last month, an Iranian drone attacked a U.S. base in Syria. The Israel Defense Forces recently downed an Iranian drone, which entered Israeli airspace from neighboring Syria. Meanwhile, Israel has responded by stepping up its aerial attacks on Iranian targets across Syria and beyond. 

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant recently vowed to prevent Iran from interfering with the military presence along Israel’s borders. 

“The Iranians are extending their outreach to Judea and Samaria and Gaza, and are attempting to entrench themselves in Syria and Lebanon,” said Gallant. 

“We will not allow the Iranians and Hezbollah to harm us. We have not allowed it in the past, we won’t allow it now or anytime in the future,” vowed the Israeli defense minister. 

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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