U.S. Navy sends guided-missile submarine to Middle East
The USS Florida entered the region on Thursday and began transiting the Suez Canal on Friday, Commander Timothy Hawkins said in a statement.
"It is capable of carrying up to 154 Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles and is deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet to help ensure regional maritime security and stability," Hawkins said.
For the Biden Administration, the future of the US role in the Middle East remains fraught, as the White House seeks to confront the expanding reach of China and Russia's military influence.
last month, Iran, China and Russia all took part in a joint military drill on Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman, close to the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps - whom the US has designated as a terrorist organisation - joined Tehran’s naval forces in the exercises which lasted four days.
Other countries also took part in the drills, dubbed "Security Bond-2023," according to China’s defence ministry.