In a move to mitigate the risks of the Israel-Hamas conflict spreading into a larger regional confrontation, the Pentagon has disclosed the deployment of a US nuclear-powered Ohio-class submarine to the Middle East. This strategic move was announced on Monday, emphasizing the United States’ commitment to regional deterrence. The submarine is currently positioned within the Fifth Fleet area of operations, covering the Gulf, Red Sea, and portions of the Indian Ocean. While the Pentagon’s spokesperson, Brigadier General Pat Ryder, did not provide specific details about the submarine’s armament, it is worth noting that some Ohio-class submarines are equipped with nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, while others are configured to carry over 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles. In light of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, cruise missiles could serve an immediate purpose in the event of further escalation. The conflict was initiated when Hamas conducted a cross-border attack from Gaza, leading to significant casualties. To prevent a wider war and maintain stability, the United States has bolstered its military presence in the region, deploying two carrier strike groups and other assets to convey a resolute message to regional actors, discouraging opportunistic actions in the midst of unrest.