Austin Directs US Aircraft Carrier Stay In Mediterranean To Reassure Allies – Pentagon

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – twenty ninth December, 2021) The United States is retaining a nuclear plane service within the Mediterranean as an alternative of sending it on to the center East as a way to reassure allies as tensions stay excessive over Ukraine, a US protection official mentioned in an announcement to Sputnik.

“The Secretary of Defense has directed USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) to remain in the EUCOM (European Command) area of operations instead of transiting to the CENTCOM (Central Command) area of operations as originally scheduled,” the protection official mentioned on Tuesday. “HST CSG schedule change reflects the need for a persistent presence in Europe, and is necessary to reassure our allies and partners of our commitment to collective defense.

The Truman and its escorts are actually working within the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy fairly than crusing by the Suez Canal into the Red Sea to assist CENTCOM, in response to media studies.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been aggravated prior to now months amid an alleged Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border and claims of preparations for an invasion. Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusations, arguing that Russia has the fitting to relocate troops inside its sovereign territory at its personal discretion, whereas NATO’s navy exercise close to Russian borders poses a menace to its safety.

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