“Nuclear Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN729) enters the strait of the Almighty on the 21st, crossing the Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian Sea, with the guided-missile ships USS Port Royal (CG73) and USS Philippine Sea (CG58)” The Navy said in a statement using the name.
Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo has blamed Iranian-backed militants for a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Sunday, as tensions with Iran escalate.
Some US officials have expressed concern that Iran could use the anniversary of the assassination of General Qasem Solomon to strike the United States.
The U.S. Navy rarely discusses the mobility of its submarines, but Monday’s announcement also included details of the ship’s capabilities, including “the capability to carry 154 Tomahawk ground-attack ship missiles.”
Eight rockets were fired Sunday in the international zone of Baghdad, damaging buildings and cars in a residential area near the US embassy. The U.S. embassy was slightly damaged, but no embassy staff was injured. The Iraqi military says an Iraqi soldier was wounded when a rocket landed near a security checkpoint.
“The United States strongly condemns the recent attack by pro-Iranian militants on the international community in Baghdad,” Pompeo said in a statement on Sunday. “We want it to be recovered quickly.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Spokesman Saeed Gaddafi strongly condemned Pompeo’s statement, saying the Iranian embassy was located in the international arena.
Local and international media representatives attended a virtual press conference in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Monday.
“The statement issued by the US Secretary of State is suspicious. We strongly condemn the statement made by the US Secretary of State,” Gaddafi said in response to a question from a local Iranian media reporter.
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