The US Navy is creating a strike group with hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles for a possible attack on Syria.
One of the US Navy guided-missile destroyers, the USS Donald Cook [up to 60 Tomahawks], has already drawn attention to its actions in eastern Mediterranean. According to reports, it has recently deployed too clsoe to Syria and has been “harassed” by Russian warplanes.
The USS Carney [up to 60 Tomahawks] is also deployed somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea, while the USS Porter [up to 60 Tomahawks] is somewhere en route to or already entered it. Another guided-missile destroyer, the USS Laboon [up to 60 Tomahawks] is also somewhere near the Mediterranean Sea.
These four guided-missile destroyers together have up to 240 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Considering that the USS Georgia [up to 154 Tomahawks] and USS John Warner [up to 12 Tomahawks] nuclear submarines are also deployed in the region, the US Navy could have about 406 Tomahawks, which could be used to “defend democracy” somewhere in the region.
In another indication of a possible upcoming attack on Syria, US President Donald Trump has canceled his trip to South America. As the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated on April 10 that the US president “will remain in the United States to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world.”
Meanwhile, American newspaper Stars and Stripes quoting the United States Navy (USN) statement reported that the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group would depart Naval Station Norfolk on April 11 to deploy to the Middle East and Europe.
Fox News producer Lucas Tomlinson almost immediately reacted:
More military options for Syria deploying to Med: USS Harry Truman strike group sets sail Wednesday from Norfolk along with seven warships each armed with dozens of cruise missiles. Truman launched jets to strike ISIS from Med in 2016.
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) 10 April 2018
According to the USN, “the aircraft carrier will be accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy and the guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke, USS Bulkeley, USS Forrest Sherman and USS Farragut. The destroyers USS Jason Dunham and USS The Sullivans will join the strike group later”.
The warships’ mission will involve “maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts alongside allies and partners,” and they will “provide crisis response capability and increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence” in the Europe and Middle East, the statement said.
The SS Harry S. Truman will replace the USS Theodore Roosevelt, operating in the Western Pacific. Where would shape the USS Theodore Roosevelt its course now? If the US prepares for a full-scale “multinational” invasion to topple the Assad government, the answer is clear.
It is the first extended deployment for the Harry S. Truman since it wrapped up a 10-month maintenance period last July. The Truman strike group traveled to the Middle East in 2015 to participate in the anti-ISIS operation.
Stars and Stripes wrote that “it remains unclear what the upcoming strike group deployment might entail”, emphasizing that Donald Trump claimed he would pull out the US forces from Syria and that other regional countries should continue the campaign against ISIS.
Amid the deteorating situation between the world powers over Syria, the destination point of the SS Harry S. Truman will be one of the indication revealing the cource of the current developments.