The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and USS Harry S. Truman began dual carrier strike group and joint air wing operations with a B-52 Bomber in the Arabian Sea, say the U.S. Navy.

“The dual carrier operations integrated with B-52s represent the current combined joint capability and interoperability to plan and conduct multi-task force operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. With the inherent maneuverability and the combined strike power of two aircraft carriers, the United States remains committed to the security and stability in the region, and is prepared to protect and defend our forces and partners, as needed.”

“While we continue to take active steps to prevent and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 across the Middle East, Naval Forces operating in the region have suffered no impacts to readiness. We remain ready and focused to respond forcefully and decisively to any aggression,” said Vice Adm. Jim Malloy, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

“Our two carrier strike groups have been laser-focused on readiness to defeat any threats to security in the region; planning and training specifically against potential threats since June of 2019. While we do not and will not seek conflict at sea, we have never been better postured and more thoroughly prepared to response to it with overwhelming force.”

Malloy added, “We will continue to synchronize air operations, strike and combat-training with the Air Component Commander and the robust forces he now has at his disposal – as steel sharpens steel.”

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That’s quite a sobering photo… Approaching 100 fighter aircraft plus dozens of supporting EW & AEW assets across the two ships… Probably more potent than most domestic air forces!


And that doesn’t even take into account the many hundreds of TLAMs carried by their escorts and submarines.


Second biggest airforce in the world.

Nigel Collins

Plenty of activity onboard that’s for sure!

Flight Deck Operations USS Dwight D. Eisenhower


Now that’s a carrier strike group. At a cost of millions per minute I would imagine. Is it worth it?

Andy P

They’ll be paying for them wherever they’re stationed, having 2 Carrier groups in The Gulf pretty much sends a message that the US haven’t taken their eye off the ball.


Yeah, I think it’s worth it, that kind of power on your doorsteps gotta make you think twice, but it’ll also make me want to develop an anti ship missile that can beat all the carrier groups defences, maybe even clusters say 300 anti ship missiles fired at once and then they keep coming from different directions and phalanx would run out of bullets and would need refilled and all defence missiles wouldn’t hit all the incoming anti ship missiles. So Having thousands of anti ship missiles could sink a carrier groups carrier and some ships couldn’t it. But that… Read more »