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US Sends More Jets, Warship to Mideast to Protect Ships from Iranian “Threat”

July 18, 2023
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US Sends More Jets, Warship to Mideast to Protect Ships from Iranian “Threat”

The United States has announced the deployment of additional fighter jets and a warship to the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman amid rising tensions in the region following Iranian attempts to seize commercial ships there.

The destroyer USS Thomas Hudner, along with a number of F-35 fighter jets, will be dispatched to the area to increase security, the Pentagon said on July 17.

The USS Thomas Hudner was previously stationed in the Red Sea.

The aircraft are intended to provide air cover for commercial ships navigating through the Strait of Hormuz, while also increasing the US military's presence in the area as a deterrent against the Islamic Republic.

Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said it was unclear how long the ship and the aircraft will remain in the region.

"In light of this continued threat and in coordination with our partners and allies, the [Department of Defense] is increasing our presence and ability to monitor the strait and surrounding waters," she said.

The latest deployments come in the wake of the Islamic Republic’s recent attempted seizure of two oil tankers near the strategic strait, which included opening fire on one of them.

Last week, US defense officials announced the deployment of F-16s to the region. A-10 attack aircraft have already been present for almost two weeks in response to the Iranian provocations.

According to the US Navy, the Islamic Republic has seized at least five commercial vessels over the past two years, in addition to harassing more than a dozen others.

Most of these incidents took place in and around the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a fifth of the world’s crude oil transits.

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