The USS Florida (SSGN-728) has deployed to the Middle East after spending months in the Mediterranean Sea.
The submarine entered the Suez Canal on Friday and is now headed to U.S. 5th Fleet.
Florida is a nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine capable of carrying up to 154 Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles.
The submarine is deployed to ensure regional maritime security and stability.
The deployment follows the extension of the USS George H.W. Bush's deployment and the sending of Air Force A-10 Warthogs to the Middle East.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps is planning drone attacks against Israeli merchant ships in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea.
The USS Florida's presence in the region is a deterrent measure.
The Navy reduced its role in the Middle East after the Afghanistan war, USS Ronald Reagan was the last carrier to operate there before leaving in 2021.