Hagel Orders Carrier USS George H
Hagel Orders Carrier USS George H.W. Bush Into Arabian Gulf
American Forces Press Service.
Washington D.C. – (AFPS)
– June 14, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the aircraft carrier
USS George H.W. Bush to move today from the North Arabian Sea into the Arabian
Gulf, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
In a statement, Kirby said the order will provide President
Barack Obama additional flexibility should military options be required to
protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq.
The Bush will be accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser
USS Philippine Sea and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun. The ships are
expected to complete their transit into the Gulf later this evening, Kirby said.
The USS George H.W. Bush left its home port of Norfolk,
Virginia, in February and is operating in the Middle East region as part of an
ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security
operations, he added.
“American naval presence in the Arabian Gulf continues to
support our longstanding commitments to the security and stability of the region,”
USS George H.W. Bush
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