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On Tuesday, the United States Navy said in a statement that it had deployed the USS attack group John C. Stennis and Abraham Lincoln in the Mediterranean Sea to conduct joint operations on a scale not seen since 2016.
The objective of this displacement, according to the text, is “to show the inherent flexibility and scalability that the maritime forces provide to the joint force”, as well as “to improve the preparation for combat and interoperability with allies and key partners”.
However, the US ambassador Before Moscow, Jon Huntsman, who is aboard one of the aircraft carriers, told CNN on Wednesday that the move could be interpreted as a message to Russia.
“When you have 200,000 tons of diplomacy that is sailing through the Mediterranean (…) this is an advanced diplomacy, there is nothing more to say,” Huntsman stressed.
The US diplomat observed the operations of 9000 marines and infantry and 130 aircraft aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, which is making its first trip to the Mediterranean Sea.
“Our top management has ordered the Navy to be more lethal, more professional, something very important in the era of rivalry we are in,” said Rear Admiral John Wade, interviewed by CNN .
All of this maritime activity in Washington takes place in an area where Russia is trying to expand its influence, deploying more warships and submarines equipped with cruise missiles.
This US move comes a week after Syrian President Bashar Al-Asad met with several Russian officials to discuss a range of issues, including the possible lease of the Tartus naval base for 49 years.
Source: ES News-Front