NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern Thursday that a Russian aircraft carrier battle group
could join attacks on Aleppo.
The establishment of Operation Southern Watch in 1992--the military effort to enforce the no-fly zone protecting the Shi'a population below Iraq's 33rd parallel--required a full-time aircraft carrier battle group
presence in the northern Gulf.
The military footprint includes 10,000 US Army troops with tanks and Apache helicopters, roughly 40 ships at sea including an aircraft carrier battle group
, missile defence systems, radar, surveillance drones and warplanes that can strike at short notice, he said.
The US Navy has a fleet of cruise missile armed warships off the Syrian coast and an aircraft carrier battle group
in waters nearby, the report added.
It consists of an Aircraft Carrier Battle Group
, an Amphibious Ready Group, surface combatants, submarines, maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, and logistics ships.
The aircraft carrier battle group
, with 6,000 sailors, is stopping in Hong Kong over the weekend after making a port call in the Philippines.
As tensions rise over Iran's nuclear standoff with the West, the US and Iran have pursued an escalating series of military moves, with Washington sending a second aircraft carrier battle group
to the region and Iran responding with more frequent manoeuvres.
An American aircraft carrier battle group
from Hong Kong was expected to reach Indonesia's Sumatra island today.
An aircraft carrier battle group
includes six to eight ships, including cruisers, destroyers, frigates and other vessels, and about 7,500 sailors.
During a joint exercise with the Australian military earlier this year, an aircraft carrier battle group
in the Pacific was found and photographed from a Global Hawk.
Truman, to the Middle East, leaving a single aircraft carrier battle group
in the Persian Gulf as Iran continues its progress toward nuclear capability.
The two sides are also staging a major three-day naval drill in the Yellow Sea involving a US aircraft carrier battle group