(FreedomBeacon.com)- They are intended to run stealthy, silently, and deep. The 19FortyFive website asks, why are America’s top nuclear missile submarines visiting allied ports worldwide in public?
These boomers, notorious for traveling clandestinely to carry out American nuclear policy, are typically infrequently heard from or seen.
The US may intend to send a message to its rivals by demonstrating to China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea that it can deploy a nuclear missile-carrying submarine anywhere in the world.
The USS West Virginia visited Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean during the final six days of October, as was announced on November 28. This was one of the 14 Ohio-class US Navy SSBNs in its fleet.
According to the U.S. military, these stops are a regular aspect of operations.
The USS West Virginia’s objective was to “emphasize the unequaled capabilities of a ballistic missile submarine to deter and, if required, respond from anywhere on the globe,” according to the U.S. Strategic Command public affairs unit.
It’s notable that US Strategic Command issued the news release rather than the US Navy. The Department of Defense’s four-star combatant command, Strategic Command, is in charge of nuclear operations.
It begs the question of whose command is in charge of the American nuclear forces. Does the navy report to Strategic Command or function as a team? Is Strategic Command directing the navy to permit the viewing of American SSBNs by the general public?
These open demonstrations have become a trend for the navy and Strategic Command.
The Ohio-class SSGN USS Michigan visited Okinawa on November 10. Another Ohio-class boomer, the USS Rhode Island, visited Gibraltar on November 1. Before that, this summer, Rhode Island paid a visit to the Royal Navy Base Clyde in Scotland.
On October 19, the USS West Virginia was once more making headlines.
U.S. Central Command said that the submarine was now in the Arabian Sea. This was ostensibly done to facilitate a visit from Michael E. Kurilla, the four-star general in charge of Central Command.
Why make such a banal event public if not to inform allies and enemies of West Virginia’s whereabouts?
Not only that. The Ohio-class USS Georgia was discovered transiting the Strait of Hormuz in late 2020 or early 2021. Georgia also went to Cyprus, and early in 2022, USS Nevada arrived at Guam.
It appears that the message is, Here we are. Attempt to stop us.
It shows American friends that the navy can operate anywhere in the world.