The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group are heading west towards the Red Sea to help support a limited US strike on Syria, if needed, US defence officials have said.
The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean Sea at this point, but is moving west in the
Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked.
It’s about leveraging the assets to have them in place should the capabilities of the carrier strike group and the presence be needed,” said the official.
We try to reduce the physics of time and space so we can be as ready as possible should we be needed,” a second official said, cautioning that decisions about ship positioning in the Mediterranean were still being finalised.
President Barack Obama delayed on Saturday imminent cruise missile strikes by five destroyers off the coast of Syria until Congress had time to vote on the issue, effectively putting any military action on hold for at least nine days.
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