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US to move aircraft carrier out of Middle East amid Iran tension

US to move aircraft carrier out of Middle East amid Iran tension
The Pentagon has decided to send home the USS Nimitz, the only Navy aircraft carrier operating in the Middle East, a move that would reduce U.S. firepower in the region amid heightened tensions with Iran, officials said Thursday.

US to move aircraft carrier out of Middle East amid Iran tension Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Marnell Maglasang from La Puente, Calif., directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Arabian Sea, Friday Nov.NAVY/AP WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has decided to send home the only Navy aircraft carrier operating in the Middle East, a move that will reduce American firepower in the region amid heightened tensions with Iran.Sending the aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz, home to the U.

has maintained a near-continuous aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region since the USS Abraham Lincoln was sent in May 2019 amid concerns that Iran was considering attacking U.West Coast would seem at odds with the idea that a show of force is needed to deter Iran.

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