Washington redeploys Harry Truman aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea. Redeployment which opposes command regulations is intended to demonstrate Russia flexibility of the American forces. As Wall Street Journal reported referring to a military official in Washington, it's a signal to Moscow and a demonstration of the Navy's operational flexibility and reach. The ship will be operating in the U.S. European Command's area of responsibility while striking inside U.S. Central Command, that is Iraq and Syria. "It provides some needed presence in the Med to check...the Russians. The unpredictability of what we did with Truman kind of makes them think twice," the military official added. Admiral Bret Batchelder claimed that moving the "capital ship" of the U.S. Navy from the Gulf through the Suez Canal is a flexing of muscle meant to reassure NATO allies of the American commitment to maintaining the balance of naval power in the Mediterranean. The aircraft carrier Dwight Eisenhower is expected to join the ship in June.
The strike was defensive in nature and came in response to three attacks on the US military in February