USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has been spotted operating in the Mediterranean Sea, signaling the return of a U.S. carrier to the region.

The ship, part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, passed through the Strait of Gibraltar on Thursday.

This marks the third U.S. carrier to enter the Mediterranean since the Russo-Ukraine War, following USS George H.W. Bush and USS Harry S. Truman.

From December 2021 to April 2023, the U.S. Navy maintained a carrier presence in the Mediterranean as a response to the conflict.

USS Gerald R. Ford embarked on its first worldwide deployment in May, and it had plans to continue its presence in the Mediterranean.

Rear Admiral Greg Huffman, commander of Carrier Strike Group 12, stated that the deployment aims to reassure allies, maintain open sea lanes, and demonstrate commitment to interoperability and maritime stability.

During its journey to the Mediterranean, USS Gerald R. Ford made a port call in Oslo, Norway, and operated under NATO command while sailing in the Arctic Circle.

The presence of USS Gerald R. Ford in the Mediterranean highlights the United States' ongoing commitment to maritime security and cooperation with allies in the region.

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