The US deployed the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier for a mission to the Middle East and Europe on Wednesday, April 11, according to the US Navy.
The aircraft carrier set sail with seven attack ships and is carrying 6,500 sailors. It traveled alongside the German frigate FGS Hessen during the first part of its journey.
The USS Harry S. Truman replaced the USS Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group, which recently completed a four-month deployment to the Middle East.
The guided-missile destroyer the USS Donald Cook has also left Cyprus and moved into the eastern Mediterranean, according to earlier reports. The Arleigh Burke-class warship carries 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles on board.
The military maneuvers came as the White House had threatened military action against Syria for an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma. US President Donald Trump met with advisers and decided to launch missile attacks against military targets in Syria as a response to the incident.
The Russian military, which investigated the site of the alleged chemical attack, said, however, that “no traces” of chemical weapons could be found.
April 15, 2018