U.S. Sends More Firepower to Counter Iran
The USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group, which consists of the carrier and its powerful carrier air wing, as well as one cruiser and four destroyers, began moving into the region with an unspecified number of B-52 Stratofortress heavy long-range bombers earlier this week.
US Air Forces Central Command announced Thursday that F-15C Eagle fighter jets were repositioned within the theater to “defend US forces and interests in the region.” On Friday, the Pentagon announced that the USS Arlington, an amphibious landing ship, and a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery are on their way.
These assets, according to US Central Command, are being currently deployed in response to “clear indications that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces were making preparations to possibly attack US forces in the region.”
Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, previously described aircraft carriers as a “tremendous expression of US national power.” A carrier strike group is an even stronger message. “CSGs are visible and powerful symbols of US commitment and resolve,” US European Command said in a statement on Tuesday.
The USS Abraham Lincoln, a mobile sea-based airfield, is the lead ship for the carrier strike group that bears its name and is outfitted with a highly capable carrier air wing.
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