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This is the Ohio-class nuclear submarine that the US has deployed to help Israel

The mobilization of United States troops continues to increase in the East. After the announcement of sending a pair of aircraft carrier strike groups, only the Pentagon does something like a submarine with a message as short as it is direct.

“On November 5, 2023, an Ohio-class submarine arrived at the Central Command area of ​​responsibility in the United States”, reads the only publication about it in the social network

The area of ​​action—which they call the area of ​​responsibility— covers the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. The ship’s exact location is being kept secret, as is the name of the submarine being deployed.

The publication comes just two days after the US Navy announced that two aircraft carrier strike groups had conducted air operations and missile defense exercises during a three-day exercise in the Mediterranean. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed that the United States “supports Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas,” while noting that how it achieves that goal is “important.”

Class of Ohio

Ohio class submarines today rare epresented by two variants. The first, of which there are currently 4 units in service, has been converted to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles with space for 154 units and an operational range of 1,600 km.

The second, with 14 submarines in service, could launch up to 20 nuclear ballistic missiles —Trident model— with a range of 6,500 km. The latest version of these missiles, the Trident II D5, has a range of 11,000 km and is capable of launching up to 14 nuclear warheads against 14 different targets.

Designed and built by General Dynamics Electric Boat in the 1970s, they have a length of 170.6 meters and a beam of 12.5 meters, making them one of the largest operational submarines in the world, and a submerged displacement of 18,750 tons.

US Navy Trident II D5 intercontinental ballistic missile Omicron

One of the main Traits is the ability to hide, which is significantly improved over all previous ballistic missile submarines, such as the Lafayette class. In testing before entering service, the Ohio was considered virtually undetectable, giving the US Navy greater flexibility to deploy its nuclear arsenal undetected.

To run it, Ohio has a pressurized water nuclear reactor S8G, two gear turbines, and an auxiliary diesel engine. Its power reaches 60,000 horsepower, which allows it to travel at a speed of 20 knots (37 km/h) at a maximum depth of about 250 meters underwater.

Each submarine was assigned two full crews, consisting of 15 officers and 139 sailors. Each of them usually conducts deterrence patrols for 70 to 90 days, during which they go to a port to resupply and rotate the crew.

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