On Sunday, over 3,000 U.S Marines and sailors were at the Red Sea on an assault vessel dubbed the USS Bataan as a response to Iran’s seizing of merchant ships and associated harassment, per the U.S. Naval Central Forces Central Command.
The units add operational flexibility and capability as they work along with international partners to put off destabilising activities and also de-escalate the regional tensions brought about by Iran’s harassment as well as seizures of merchant vessels this year, the U.S. Fifth Fleet spokesperson Cmdr. Tim Hawkins mentioned in a statement that was shared with The Hill.
The arrival is part of a preannounced military deployment, the U.S. Naval Central Forces Command said. Hawkins mentioned that it indicates the nation’s strong and unwavering commitment to the region’s maritime security.
The assault vessel reached on Sunday after it sailed from the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal. The American Naval Central Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) mentioned that the USS Bataan, as well as the dock landing vessel, dubbed the USS Carter Hall, welcomes additional and advanced naval and aviation assets, as well as U.S. Marines and Sailors, offering greater flexibility as well as maritime capability to the U.S. 5th Fleet.
The NAVCENT mentioned that the assault vessel could transport more than two dozen rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft and many ambitious landing crafts.
The dock landing vessel will be deployed for tactical vehicles, rotary-wing aircraft, and amphibious landing craft.
Since 2019, Iran has also seized several vessels in the strait, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf, in a steady attempt to pressure the West regarding negotiations over the collapsed nuclear contract with world powers.
Tensions have risen since the Trump administration withdrew from the Iranian 2015 nuclear agreement and further reinstated sanctions, per The Associated Press.
References: hindustantimes, abcnews, thehill
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