The US is officially planning on returning aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford, from the Eastern Mediterranean after deploying it there following the Operation al-Aqsa Flood on Oct.7.
The USS Ford is the Navy’s largest aircraft carrier and shortly before the end of its first operation deployment, the massive carrier was sent to the Eastern Mediterranean in a quest to spark fear in the region.
The US initially claimed that the deployment was for “deterrence purposes,” precisely against the Lebanese Resistance movement and other resistance groups.
US Defense Secretary Llyod Austin cited that the aircraft carrier was sent “as part of our effort to deter hostile actions against Israel or any efforts toward widening this war following Hamas’ attack on Israel.”
The carrier’s deployment was reportedly extended for a third time in December 2023, with Austin claiming that “deterrence” was still required to remain in the waters following heightened regional tensions.
Now, the USS Gerald Ford and other various ships will be returning to Norfolk, Virginia, the carrier’s hope port.
This move comes in the wake of increased attacks on “Israel” and Israeli-bound vessels in the Red Sea following Yemen’s Pro-Palestine maritime war against the occupation territory in a quest to end the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip.
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