Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered an American Navy aircraft carrier strike group to maintain its position in the Mediterranean Sea region amid worries about the buildup of thousands of Russian troops near the Ukraine border.
The USS Harry S. Truman and the five warships accompanying it WERE supposed to move on to the Middle East, but Lloyd and his friends have decided the strike group is needed in the Mediterranean just a little bit more at this moment.
A defense official claimed on Tuesday that the change in plans for the USS Harry S. Truman and its escorts are reflective of a “need for a persistent presence in Europe.” The official, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed the move was necessary in order to reassure U.S. allies in the region.
The Truman strike group includes five American ships, who are joined by a Royal Norweigan Navy frigate at this moment.
The Truman departed from Norfolk, Virginia, on December 1, and first entered the Mediterranean Sea on December 14.
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