Amid escalating tensions in the Middle East due to the Israel-Hamas conflict, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Saturday that the United States will be making several strategic moves in the region. One of these measures involves redeploying the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and herstrike group to the Persian Gulf. Previously, they were destined for the eastern Mediterranean Sea to join the USS Gerald R. Ford, but the new decision diverts their course.
This decision was made following detailed discussions between Secretary Austin and President Biden regarding recent escalations involving Iran and its proxy forces across the Middle East. This action come in response to increased attacks on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Syria by Iran-backed Shia militia groups since the invasion of southern Israel by Hamas militants on October 7th.
This marks a shift from a previous plan to deploy the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower strike group in the eastern Mediterranean to deter hostile actions against Israel or any attempts to escalate the conflict following Hamas’s attack on Israel.
In the coming days, the USS Eisenhower is still scheduled to enter the Mediterranean, where it will traverse the entire basin before exiting through the Suez Canal.