The aircraft carrier the USS George H.W. Bush and its group will remain in in the Mediterranean Sea for a few more days than planned “to reassure US allies” worried about the crisis in Ukraine, the Pentagon says.
The Pentagon has taken a number of steps to bolster its forces in Eastern Europe, which it says is to reassure its allies over the crisis in Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based.“This is a few more days than the original plan was. There’re two reasons. One is to conduct these additional training opportunities, and frankly because a lot of what we’re doing there now is an effort to reassure our allies,” said Colonel Steven Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
He added that he did not rule out that USS George Bush might remain in the Mediterranean a bit longer.
The carrier group consists of seventeen other ships and three submarines. The USS George HW Bush is carrying 90 aircraft including helicopters of various types.[Note: This is MUCH LARGER than normal supercarrier battle groups!!! Stirling]