The US intensified its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean after sending the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to support Israel.
The decision by the Joe Biden government comes after confirming the deployment of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean, in a clear sign of support for Israel. This strategic move follows recent tensions in the region, mainly following the attacks by the terrorist organization Hamas against the Israeli state.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that the inclusion of this additional aircraft carrier is “part of our effort to deter hostile actions against Israel or any attempt to escalate this conflict following the Hamas attack on Israel.”
This new naval addition joins the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier strike group, which already operates near Israel. These two naval giants will significantly increase the US military presence in the region, being accompanied by a fleet that includes destroyers, combat aircraft and cruisers.
The Eisenhower set sail last Friday from its base in Norfolk, Virginia. The joint presence of these two aircraft carriers gives the US a wide range of operational possibilities. These vessels can not only be dispersed, covering an extensive territory but are vital as command and control centers. They also have the ability to manage information warfare launches and receive E2-Hawkeye surveillance aircraft —essential for early warning of missile launches and air control.
These two ships are equipped with F-18 fighter jets, prepared to intercept or neutralize targets if necessary. Additionally, they have facilities for humanitarian work, including a complete hospital on board and helicopters suitable for transporting essential supplies or evacuating the injured.