According to the statement made by the US Naval Forces Central Command, the USS Bataan amphibious ship, which departed from the state of Virginia on July 10, the landing ship “USS Cartel Hall” and the 26th Marine Corps Expeditionary Task Force, consisting of approximately 3,000 soldiers, arrived in the Red Sea on 6 August. e had.
It was emphasized that the maritime capabilities of the US 5th Fleet in the region will increase with the new arrivals of soldiers and ships.
In a written statement from the US Central Command (CENTCOM) on July 21, it was stated that US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin approved the sending of an amphibious ship and expeditionary task force to the Middle East, and the ships were on their way.
The step in question came after Iran’s intervention in commercial ships in the Persian Gulf.
The US announced that Iran tried to seize two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz at the beginning of July and opened fire on a ship.
In a statement made by the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) on July 17, it was stated that after Iran’s attempts to seize commercial ships in and around the Persian Gulf, it was decided to send the destroyer USS Thomas Hudner and F-35 warplanes to the region.