The Twelve Aircraft Carrier Attack Group of the US Navy, which includes the aircraft carrier “USS Abraham Lincoln” and a B-52 bomber, has carried out a series of military exercises in the Arabian Sea in the face of growing tensions with Iran. informed the Central Command of the United States.
The maneuvers, which took place on Saturday, have also involved F / A-18 Super Hornet fighters, MH-60 Seahawk naval helicopters and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft, according to an Army statement to which he has had access. the Sputnik news agency.
The text specifies that “several joint exercises called to improve operational tactics were carried out in some areas of armed actions” and that during these were tested, in particular, elements of air combat and attacks “to defend the national heritage.”
“Our ground, air and naval units are even stronger and more effective when they come together. We are ready to face any threat against the US forces in this region, “said Lieutenant General Joseph Guastella, commander of the Central Command of the Air Force.
Washington has increased its forces in the Middle East in recent weeks in what National Security Adviser John Bolton has described as a clear message to Iran. The reinforcements sent include Patriot missiles, B-52 bombers and F-15 fighters, according to the Department of Defense.
On May 24, the government announced the dispatch of 1,500 troops and a battalion of Patriot air defense systems and reconnaissance aircraft to the Middle East, according to the Pentagon, which attributed the decision to the “multiple credible reports on a possible attack against US personnel »in the region.
The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has meanwhile said that Tehran has no intention of going to war with the United States, but will continue to resist under pressure from Washington.