One of these submarines - "Florida" (SSGN 728) - went to the naval base on the Greek island of Crete. A few days earlier, another submarine called “Georgia” (SSGN 1) called at the same base, located approximately at 100 thousand 729 km from the Syrian coast, “Red Star” reports with reference to Interfax.
Both submarines assigned to the Kings Bay Naval Base (Georgia) are currently at the disposal of the sixth operational fleetwhose area of responsibility includes the Mediterranean Sea.
As for the tasks that these missile carriers must solve, the Navy information service claims that they are “sent to conduct operations to maintain maritime security and cooperate in ensuring security in a theater of operations in the area of responsibility of the Sixth Fleet”.
The crew of the Florida submarine has experience of active participation in the NATO operation against Libya Sunrise Odyssey in March 2011, when the submarine launched a total of 93 cruise missiles at targets in Libyan territory.
Independent observers have linked the publication of the United States Navy command information about the presence in the eastern Mediterranean, two submarines equipped with cruise missiles, the situation in Syria. Apparently, in Western circles are concerned about the increased activity and the success of the government forces in the fight against gangs and trying to put psychological pressure on Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle.