The US submarine Rhode Island docks in the port of Gibraltar. It is one of three ships placed by the United States as a warning to Russia
The The American submarine USS Rhode Island I entered in the mediterranean sea. It is currently moored in the port of Gibraltar, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom on the Iberian Peninsula. The submarine arrived at the Pillars of Hercules on Tuesday, 1 November.
This is the first time, since June 2021, that a US ballistic submarine has visited Gibraltar, as confirmed by US military leaders.
The USS Rhode Island is one of the most fearsome nuclear submarines in the US Navy.
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the submarine 170 meters to Weight 18,000 tons. The crew consists of 150 sailors.
Fully loaded can carry up to 24 Trident D5 ballistic missilesAble to hit targets 18 thousand kilometers. Any of these missiles can be armed 14 nuclear warheads.
This short stop demonstrates the flexibility and adaptability that submarines bring to the region
US Naval Forces Europe – Africa / US Sixth Fleet (USNavyEurope) November 1, 2022
The USS Rhode Island is the third US Navy ship to bear the name of the US state of the same name.
USS Rhode Island Sailing the seas since 1993. On at least one occasion, it has been used to save civilian lives, as in the 2009 rescue operation in the Bahamas.
USS Rhode Island, a warning to Putin
While both Zelensky and Russia are open to the possibility of ending the crisis not by resolving the war, but through peace negotiationsThe Americans are transporting the most important pieces in their naval arsenal.
According to military analysts, bringing the atomic submarine USS Rhode Island to Europe is a caliber A clear warning to Russia implemented as part of a deterrence strategy.
Two weeks ago, another nuclear submarine, USS West Virginiastarted heading towards Arabian Sea.
With Rhode Island in Gibraltar, West Virginia in the Arabian Sea and The aircraft carrier George Bush in Croatia US Navy concludes deterrence operation against Russia.
Response to Russian maneuvers in the Mediterranean
The US Navy is also responding to similar maneuvers carried out by the Russian Navy in recent weeks: some time ago the presence, confirmed by the Italian Navy, Russian nuclear submarine In transit in the water Between Sicily and Malta.
The Defense General Staff acknowledged the presence of a Russian submarine, but without concern: “The movements of Russian units in the Mediterranean are known,” he said in a statement. “In particular, the submarine in question shall transit in international waters without violating the sovereignty of the riparian states.”
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