US Navy boosts presence in Mediterranean ahead of NATO summit

By REUTERS
June 8, 2016 15:36

 
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ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN - The US military will have two aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea this month ahead of a NATO summit in Warsaw, as Washington seeks to balance Russia's military activities and accelerate its fight against Islamic State.

The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier will hand off to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower when it arrives en route to the Gulf, allowing the Truman to head back to the United States after an extended eight-month deployment, Navy officials on board the Truman said.

The move coincides with military exercises across eastern Europe and Turkey scheduled to validate NATO defense plans agreed last year, said a senior U.S. defense official.

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