USS Gerald R Ford to Leave the Eastern Mediterranean

(Bloomberg)The USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier strike group will leave the eastern Mediterranean Sea more than two months after being sent to the region following Hamas’ attack on Israel in October, ABC News reported. 

The carrier and other surface ships that form the strike group will head back to their home port of Norfolk, Virginia, in the “coming days” as originally scheduled, a senior US official and a US official told the outlet. The carrier group is returning to the US to prepare for future deployments. 

The US will still have military capability in the region and flexibility to deploy additional cruisers and destroyers in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, the senior US official told ABC. 

A Defense Department spokesman told ABC that they had nothing to announce today. 

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin directed the naval group to the region the day after Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7. The carrier was sent to the region to bolster regional deterrence, Austin said at the time, in an effort to prevent the conflict from widening into a wider regional one. 

One reply on “USS Gerald R Ford to Leave the Eastern Mediterranean”

This withdrawal of the “Ford” flotilla will ease strategic pressure on Hezbollah in Lebanon and eliminate a fat vulnerable US target in the area. With the US Coast Guard patrolling the Taiwan Straits, perhaps the Americans are feeling a little naked in the home defense front and maybe they feel the need to counter Venezuelan moves against the disputed oil reserves in Guyana.
Or maybe they just had to stock up on cigarettes and beer and avoid a woke sailors mutiny.
Either way it lessens the effectiveness on the anti Yemen coalition.

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