The Navy announced on Dec. 21, 2020, it has a nuclear-powered submarine and a pair of guided-missile cruisers in the Middle East after the U.S. blamed Iran-backed militias for launching rockets into Iraq on Dec. 20, not far from the American embassy.
The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine Georgia along with cruisers Port Royal and Philippine Sea transited the Strait of Hormuz, arriving in the Persian Gulf on Dec. 21, according to a Navy news release. The service rarely makes public announcements about the whereabouts of its nuclear-powered submarines.
Georgia's presence demonstrates the United States' commitment to regional partners and maritime security with a full spectrum of capabilities to remain ready to defend against any threat at any time.
A military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency.
Iranian-backed militia groups could launched new rocket attacks on U.S. diplomatic and military facilities.