A third of the U.S. Navy’s submarines in the Pacific Ocean were urgently withdrawn to check the combat readiness of the exercise Agile Dagger 2021. The command of the Navy’s submarine forces announced this on Twitter.
The exercise involves submarines from Pearl Harbor, Bremerton and San Diego. On the morning of June 4, they arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham in the U.S. state of Hawaii.
The exercise will practice the deployment of submarines to various areas of the Pacific Ocean. The command will test the fleet’s readiness to carry out targeted strikes against ground targets with ballistic and guided missiles, as well as the interaction of the fleet with other submarines and enemy ships.
Among the ships deployed is the US Navy’s nuclear-powered Seawolf-class fast submarine Connecticut, which is designed for eight torpedo tubes and can hold up to 50 torpedoes in a compartment.
The US Pacific Fleet has a total of 38 nuclear-powered submarines.