The U.S. Strategic Command recently announced that the USS West Virginia submarine will dock at the port of Diego Garcia Island in the Indian Ocean at the end of October.

(Taken from US Strategic Command Facebook)

Utilize the sea-based nuclear deterrence to convey the secret intelligence search capability of the US military

[Compile Sun Yuqing/Comprehensive Report] CNN reported on the 2nd that the US Navy's Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine "USS West Virginia" (USS West Virginia) was moored for the first time about a month ago. on the remote island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

The U.S. military only recently announced the rare deployment, an apparent attempt to signal to enemies and allies that the U.S. military has the ability to covertly deploy ballistic missile submarines to deter and gather intelligence.

West Virginia makes first stop at Diego Garcia Island

CNN pointed out that the actions of submarines after they go to sea are usually highly classified. Delaying the announcement of the itinerary can give the submarine time to sail to other locations in the Indian Ocean. A one-day call at the port of Diego Garcia Island is part of the extended mission of the ship.

A U.S. military official familiar with the matter said that the significance of disclosing the ship's port stop in the Indian Ocean was to show potential enemies and allies that "they should understand that an unmonitorable ballistic missile submarine (by the U.S. military) can operate in any ocean for a long time. .”

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The remote island is highly militarized and used by the British and American troops

Diego Garcia Island, south of the equator, is a highly militarized island used by both the British and American armies; its remote location allows a nuclear-armed submarine to rotate its crew of 150 undetected operations, thereby maintaining the secrecy of submarine operations and allowing submarines to remain in the area for longer periods of time.

Can carry 20 ICBMs to perform long-term patrols

While U.S. military officials declined to say whether the release of the USS West Virginia's docking was aimed at China, Russia, North Korea or Mauritius, which currently claims the island, they are gathering highly classified signals intelligence about the adversary. , and the use of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) equipped with nuclear warheads to exert sea-based nuclear deterrence capabilities, the underwater stealth capabilities of US submarines are crucial.

The U.S. Navy said the USS West Virginia, one of fourteen Ohio-class submarines, can carry up to 20 ICBMs, a class of submarines designed for long-duration patrols, each lasting ten minutes. By twelve weeks, the cruise can be extended for several weeks through crew rotation.

Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command Charles Richard (Charles Richard) said that every mission of the U.S. military is based on nuclear deterrence capabilities, and for the U.S. and its allies, ballistic missile submarines such as the USS West Virginia are important An important basis for exerting a credible nuclear deterrent.

The U.S. Strategic Command recently announced that the USS West Virginia submarine would dock at the port of Diego Garcia Island in the Indian Ocean at the end of October. perform tasks.

(Taken from US Strategic Command Facebook)