U.S. Sends World’s Largest Ballistic Submarine Into Mediterranean Sea

By: - November 7, 2022

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The U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, USS Rhode Island, left the Port of Gibraltar on Spain’s coast last week and was seen heading into the Mediterranean Sea. It is capable of carrying 24 Trident II missiles which have the ability to hit targets 18,000 kilometers away.

The USS Rhode Island arrived in Gibraltar on November 1 and left the port headed for the Mediterranean on Friday. According to the Daily Press, the nuclear submarine is, “reportedly heading towards the Black Sea.”

Commander of the Navy’s Task Force 69, Captain John Craddock, said last week that “Rhode Island’s port visit to Gibraltar reinforces our ironclad commitment to our allies and partners in the region.” Captain Craddock continued his comments adding that “The US and UK share a strong history of cooperation, through exercises, operations, and cooperation activities such as this, that enhance our combined capabilities and partnership.”

The Captain ended his statement by reaffirming the power and capabilities of the U.S. nuclear submarine force saying, “The complexity, lethality, and tactical expertise of Rhode Island epitomizes the effectiveness and strength of the submarine force.”

The USS Rhode Island arrived in the Mediterranean Sea after a Russian submarine, Generalissimus Suvorov, launched a Bulava missile in the White Sea as part of a training exercise.

It is unclear if USS Rhode Island is headed to the Black Sea or if it is patrolling as part of a NATO deterrence force.