This June, the Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico finished interoperability training with Navy SEALs in the Mediterranean Sea. The locations of these submarines are rarely confirmed because their missions are so secretive. The Navy seldom reveals any details of their operations. However, it is safe to assume that at least one Virginia-class sub is deployed in the Mediterranean at any given time. The Virginia class is a nuclear-powered attack submarine. Unlike the U.S. Navy’s other submarines—ballistic missile subs and cruise missile carriers—the Virginia class is engineered for versatility. Though they spend most of their time collecting intelligence, Virginias can also conduct maritime warfare, attack onshore targets, and insert special operators such as Navy SEALs. This is particularly relevant to the growing issue of the Russian presence in the area, among other issues. I have written more on this subject here.
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