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The exercises involved more than 11,000 U.S. personnel who are on station there in case the Israel-Hamas war erupts into a larger conflict.
Ike will be the first U.S. aircraft carrier to operate in the Middle Eastern waters of U.S. Central Command since the end of the Afghanistan war in 2021.
The buildup reflects U.S. concern that the deadly fighting between Hamas and Israel could escalate into a more dangerous regional conflict.
By Tara Copp, AP
The Reagan carrier strike group will “operate and train alongside regional and coalition partners” and provide airpower to assist U.S. and coalition forces while the U.S. withdraws troops from Afghanistan.
Gen. Mark Milley said F-18 attack planes have been added to a previously announced package of air and sea power that can be called upon as protection for withdrawing troops.
By Robert Burns, The Associated Press and Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press