TR strike group ready to block Iranian ships off Yemen
April 21, 2015
By Meghann Myers, Staff writer
“We’re conducting operations under normal authorities to conduct maritime security operations,” Stephens added. “Not aiming at any specific nation.”
The carrier, with nine embarked squadrons, and cruiser met up with about half a dozen U.S. ships already operating in the area, including the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima , the amphibious transport dock New York, the dock landing Fort McHenry, the mine countermeasures ships Dextrous and Sentry, and the destroyers Forrest Sherman and Winston Churchill, members of TR’s carrier strike group.
The Navy has recently increased its presence in the region as Houthi rebels continue to fight against the government in that country, according to a Navy release Monday.
“This is in response to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen,” Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday. “They are not going to intercept Iranian ships.”
The TR and its strike group recently entered 5th Fleet as part of an eight-month deployment.
The TR CSG brings deadly new capabilitieswith the first deployment for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, and extensive upgrades to the Normandy that enable the strike group to fire at targets with longer range missiles.