Tuesday, October 10, 2023

U.S. Helps Israel Defend Against Hamas By Sending In An Aircraft Carrier Strike Group

 As a former sailor who served on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War, I often debate those who state that carriers are outdated and useless. 

Since post-WWII, an American president's first question in a world crisis is to ask, “Where are the carriers?” 

And once again we see an American president’s first action in a crisis is to send in a carrier strike group. 

Jim Garamone at the DOD News offers a piece on the U.S. support of Israel after being attacked by Hamas, and the sending in the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (seen in the above photo).  

The United States is "surging" support to Israel, including air defense capabilities and munitions. "We remain in constant, ongoing contact with our counterparts in Israel to determine, and then support, their most urgent requirements," the official said. "The bottom line is we are working as fast as possible to provide critically needed munitions of various types and other equipment." 

… The United States is also bolstering U.S. presence in the region. Austin ordered the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The aircraft carrier has an embarked airwing and accompanying cruisers and destroyers. The force will conduct maritime and air operations in order to assure allies and partners throughout the region and ensure regional stability. The strike group is prepared for the full range of missions. 

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

U.S. Helps Israel Defend Against Hamas Attacks > U.S. Department of Defense > Defense Department News

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