USEUCOM commander visits sub; highlights multinational cooperation, integrated deterrence



By U.S. European Command Public Affairs United States European Command Stuttgart, Germany Jul 18, 2023
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**This release was updated July 19, 2023, to include a quote from U.K. Commodore Paul Dunn

The U.S. Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, USS Tennessee (SSBN 734), arrived off the northwest coast of the U.K. for a brief logistics stop July 16, 2023.

Commander of U.S. European Command, U.S. Army Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli, embarked the Tennessee at sea where the crew provided a tour and demonstrations of the unit’s capabilities.

“This operation demonstrates the flexibility, survivability, resolve, readiness and capability of the U.S. Navy’s submarine forces. Strategic deterrence provided by the USS Tennessee reflects the United States’ commitment to the Alliance,” Cavoli said. “Submarine operations like this one complement other efforts such as exercises, training and military cooperation to ensure our strategic forces are ready and available to conduct global operations, at any time.”

U.S. Navy Vice Adm. William Houston, commander of Allied Submarine Command, and U.K. Commodore Paul Dunn, commodore to the Royal Navy's Submarine Service, participated alongside Cavoli to advance Allied cooperation and coordination.

“It was an honor to spend time with colleagues from the United States during their recent visit to the UK," Dunn said. "Time together enables us to discuss mutual goals and to reinforce the close working relationship between our two Navies.”

The objective of the commander’s visit was to further the bilateral military coordination with the U.K., underscore U.S. commitment to its Allies, and support the combatant commander’s assurance and deterrence campaign objectives.

“The undersea capabilities delivered by USS Tennessee and her crew are critical to our integrated deterrence strategy. The strategic reach, stealth, survivability and mobility of an undersea platform is unmatched in the other domains,” Cavoli said. “I had the honor of being underway with the USS Tennessee and her crew. Their professionalism and skill, as they operated one of our nation’s most lethal assets, were exceptional in every way.”

USS Tennessee is homeported in Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. It is a launch platform for submarine-launched ballistic missiles, providing the U.S. with its most survivable leg of the nuclear triad.

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