The Pentagon is anticipated to maneuver the one plane provider presently based mostly within the Asia-Pacific area towards the Center East to help the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, protection officers stated.
The usRonald Reagan, whose house port is in Yokosuka, Japan, will head towards Afghanistan starting this summer season, the officers stated, and can function there for as much as 4 months.
Whereas it’s away, the Navy will go with out an plane provider presence within the Asia-Pacific area for at the very least a part of that point, the officers stated. The U.S. Seventh Fleet, based mostly in Japan, has dozens of different ships and plane, however the redeployment of its solely obtainable plane provider represents a major diversion away from Asia, which President Biden has referred to as a precedence for the navy.
Mr. Biden unveiled plans final month to tug all U.S. and coalition troops out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11. U.S. officers stated then that they might maintain a provider and its accompanying ships, often known as a strike group, within the space to supply safety whereas the forces are shifting out of Afghanistan.
The plane provider presently working within the area, the united statesDwight D. Eisenhower, has to go away by July to return to its house port in Norfolk, Virginia. The Eisenhower has been deployed twice throughout the previous 36 months and might’t safely lengthen its deployment past that, protection officers stated. The Eisenhower has been working within the north Arabian Sea since April.
The U.S. Navy declined to remark.