Tuesday, April 16, 2024
More
    HomeWorldF-35s, Navy Destroyer Are the Latest Assets Deployed to Protect Ships from...

    F-35s, Navy Destroyer Are the Latest Assets Deployed to Protect Ships from Iranian Harassment

    F-35s, Navy Destroyer Are the Latest Assets Deployed to Protect Ships from Iranian Harassment

    The Pentagon said Monday that it is moving more jets and a Navy destroyer into the Persian Gulf in an effort to deter from harassing and attempting to seize ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

    “The secretary of defense has ordered the deployment of the destroyer Thomas Hudner, F-35 fighters and F-16 fighters to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to defend U.S. interests and safeguard freedom of navigation in the region,” Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh announced at a press conference Monday.

    The move comes after news Saturday that the F-16s were being deployed, and almost two weeks after the Iranian Navy attempted to illegally seize two tankers in the area and opened fire on one of them. The additional assets will also bolster A-10 Warthog attack aircraft that have been patrolling the area for more than a week.

    Read Next: Shift from Brigades Back to Divisions Raises Concerns Among Retired Generals

    Officials within the Pentagon began hinting at the possibility of more hardware moving into the area last week when a senior defense official told reporters of the F-16 deployment on Friday. Then, on Sunday, the Navy's Middle East-based 5th Fleet tweeted a photo of the Thomas Hudner entering the area.

    The Navy wrote that the ship is “supporting U.S. 5th Fleet to help ensure regional maritime security and stability.”

    Singh said that there is “no timetable yet” for how long the deployment of the…

    Continue Reading This Article At Military.com

    Stay Connected

    34,572FansLike
    4,123FollowersFollow
    1,739FollowersFollow

    Latest articles

    AlphaDog Hosting Ad

    Related articles