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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The U.S. Navy has deployed a guided-missile submarine able to carrying as much as 154 Tomahawk missiles to the Center East, a spokesman stated Saturday, in what gave the impression to be a present of pressure towards Iran following latest tensions.

The Navy not often acknowledges the placement or deployment of submarines. Cmdr. Timothy Hawkins, a spokesman for the fifth Fleet based mostly within the Gulf nation of Bahrain, declined to touch upon the submarine’s mission or what had prompted the deployment.

He stated the nuclear-powered submarine, based mostly out of Kings Bay, Georgia, handed by the Suez Canal on Friday. “It’s able to carrying as much as 154 Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles and is deployed to U.S. fifth Fleet to assist guarantee regional maritime safety and stability,” Hawkins stated.

The fifth Fleet patrols the essential Strait of Hormuz, the slender mouth of the Persian Gulf by which 20% of all oil transits. Its area consists of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait off Yemen and the Crimson Sea stretching as much as the Suez Canal, the Egyptian waterway linking the Mideast to the Mediterranean Sea.

The U.S., the U.Ok. and Israel have accused Iran of targeting oil tankers and commercial ships lately, allegations denied by Tehran. The U.S. Navy has additionally reported a series of tense encounters at sea with Iranian forces that it stated have been being recklessly aggressive.

Final month, the U.S. launched airstrikes towards Iran-backed forces in Syria after a rocket assault killed a U.S. contractor and wounded seven different People in that nation’s northeast.

Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from ships or submarines can hit targets as much as 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles away). They have been famously employed in the course of the opening hours of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and in response to a Syrian chemical weapons attack in 2018.

U.S.-Iranian tensions have soared since then-President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 settlement with world powers that offered sanctions reduction in return for Iran curbing its nuclear actions and inserting them underneath enhanced surveillance.

The Biden administration’s efforts to revive the settlement hit a wall final 12 months. The tensions have worsened as Iran has supplied attack drones to Russian forces in Ukraine and as Israel and Iran have escalated their yearslong shadow war within the Center East.

Along with drawing nearer to Moscow, Tehran has sought improved relations with China, which brokered an settlement final month to restore diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia.