“ The Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729), along with the guided missile cruisers USS Port Royal (CG 73) and the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), crossed the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Arabian Sea. December 21 “The Navy said in a statement, using an alternative name for the Persian Gulf.”
The entry of the ships into the region comes amid escalating tensions with Iran, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran-backed militias for a missile attack on the US embassy compound in Baghdad, on Sunday.
Some US officials have expressed concern that Iran may use the memory of the killing of General Qassem Soleimani to launch an attack on the United States.
The US Navy rarely discusses its submarine movement, but Monday’s announcement also contained details about the ship’s capabilities, including “its ability to carry up to 154 Tomahawk missiles for ground attack.”
Eight missiles were fired at the international zone in Baghdad on Sunday, damaging buildings and vehicles in a residential area near the US embassy. The US Embassy compound sustained minor damage, but no embassy personnel were injured. The Iraqi Army said that an Iraqi soldier was wounded when a missile landed near a security checkpoint.
Pompeo said in a statement on Sunday that the United States strongly condemns the recent attack by Iran-backed militias on the International Zone in Baghdad. We wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured. ”
Iranian Foreign Minister spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh strongly condemned Pompeo’s statement, saying that Iran’s embassy is also located in the International Zone.
“The Iranian embassy in the same area is wrong and prohibited under international law, to attack any diplomatic missions and residential areas,” Khatibzadeh said during a press conference held in the Iranian capital Tehran on Monday, attended by representatives of the local and international media.
“The statement issued by the American Secretary of State is suspicious. We strongly condemn the statement issued by the American Secretary of State,” Khatibzadeh added, in response to a question by a local Iranian media reporter.