The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln has arrived in the US Fifth Fleet area of operations in the Middle East, US Department of Defense spokesperson Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich was quoted as saying by news agency Sputnik on Thursday.
“The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has also arrived in the US 5th Fleet area of operations,” Rebarich said.
“ABECSG has been conducting operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations for several weeks, but expedited their transit to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) to protect U.S. forces and interests in the region,” the Navy said in a statement published following an earlier version of this post.
“ABECSG will be positioned by CENTCOM where it will best be able to protect U.S. forces and interests in the region and to deter any aggression,” it added.
National Security Adviser John Bolton on Sunday had said that the United States was deploying the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force near Iran, to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) region.
The Pentagon also deployed a U.S. Air Force bomber detachment that included B-52 Stratofortress bombers to the region. Bolton called the move a reaction to a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.”
“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces,” the Sunday statement from the White House read.
The Wall Street Journal reported intelligence reports indicated Iran was planning attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria as well as attack shipping in the Bab el-Mandeb strait from Yemen.