The U.S. military took the unusual decision of revealing that its top commander for the Middle East was on an American ballistic missile submarine in the Arabian Sea.
In a move that is likely to make waves in the region, General Erik Kurilla boarded USS West Virginia for about eight hours on Wednesday at an undisclosed location in international waters.
The vessel is one of the U.S. Navy’s Ohio Class, long-range submarines which as part of the country’s nuclear triad, can launch nuclear missile strikes.
One of six ballistic-missile submarines stationed at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, USS West Virginia can carry up to 20 submarine-launched ballistic missiles with multiple warheads.
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