US Navy beefing up presence in Persian Gulf
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US Navy beefing up presence in Persian Gulf

Officials describe the introduction of an additional aircraft carrier as prudent planning

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristina Young/Wikimedia Commons)
The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristina Young/Wikimedia Commons)

WASHINGTON (AP) — US officials say the Navy is beefing up its presence in the Persian Gulf region, increasing the number of aircraft carriers from one to two.

The USS Harry S. Truman has arrived in the Arabian Sea and was scheduled to take the place of the USS Nimitz, which was supposed to head home. The Navy has ordered the Nimitz, which is in the Indian Ocean, to stay for now.

US officials describe the decision as prudent planning and say it doesn’t suggest the carrier would play a role in any possible strikes in Syria. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss ship movements publicly.

The US had kept two carriers in the region, but budget cuts in February forced officials to cut that to one.

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