The U.S. Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island arrived at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, Scotland for a scheduled port visit, July 1, 2022.
The U.S. Navy say that this port visit to Faslane reflects the United States’ “commitment to our allies and partners in the region and complements the many exercises, training, operations, and other military cooperation activities conducted by Strategic Forces to ensure they are available and ready to safely and effectively operate around the globe at any time”.
The last time a U.S. Navy SSBN conducted a port visit to Faslane was when USS Alaska (SSBN 732) visited in July 2019.
“We’re excited for Rhode Island’s opportunity to visit Faslane. The United States Submarine Force has a rich history of cooperation with our U.K. allies in this strategically significant port,” said Capt. John Craddock, commander, Task Force 69.
“This port visit strengthens the U.S./U.K. cooperation and Rhode Island’s forward presence demonstrates our capability, flexibility, and continued commitment to NATO allies.”
Rhode Island is an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine. It is a launch platform for submarine-launched ballistic missiles, providing the United States with its most survivable leg of the nuclear triad.
The lead submarine of this class is USS Ohio (SSGN 726), commissioned in 1981.