The United States is unwilling to tolerate further attacks on commercial cargo ships by pro-Iran rebel groups since Yemen in it Red Sea, a hot spot in the global oil trade. The clearest sign is the order of the Pentagon to send the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower and its strike group from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Yemen. The objective is none other than to support a potential US attack against the Houthi insurgency after the recent attacks on US and UK ships. It should be remembered that commercial traffic is now practically paralyzed in the area due to attacks with Yemeni drones.
In the last two months, The United States has sent 19 warships to the region, seven of them operational in the eastern Mediterranean and twelve more in the Red Sea, through the Arabian Sea and to the Persian Gulf. Two of these ships are aircraft carriers, which constitutes a major deterrent and an unusual fact in the recent naval history of the United States in the Middle East. The Eisenhower has been patrolling the waters of the Middle East alongside the USS Philippine Sea cruise. Additionally, three warships (USS Carney, USS Stethem and USS Masonall Navy destroyers) have been sailing daily through Bab el Mandeb – the strait that links the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden – to help deter and respond to Houthi attacks.
The deployment of the USS Eisenhower to the Gulf of Aden would presumably be part of a US-led initiative – called Prosperity Guardian– to protect the Red Sea from Houthi attacks on ships linked to Israel. The Houthis are a pro-Iran group that has vowed to attack Jewish interests in revenge for Israel’s attacks on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to unveil the keys to this program this week.
What is the new mission of the Eisenhower aircraft carrier? According to the Semafor news portal, The Pentagon is considering the option of attacking military points linked to the Yemeni resistance in response to ship operations in the Red Sea. So far, Joe Biden’s administration has refused to respond to the Houthis for fear of an escalation of war in the area led by Iran, which has already warned the United States against deploying warships.
With a displacement of 97,000 tons, the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier carries on board almost 5,000 Marines and about 70 aircraft, including F-18 fighters, helicopters, and surveillance or electronic warfare aircraft. “ike” – as it is known in the Navy – was built by the same owner as the Gerald Ford and launched in 1975.
Last week, the Pentagon gave orders for the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier and cruiser USS Normandy remain in the Mediterranean Sea for several more weeks to keep the two aircraft carriers deployed in the area while Israel fights Hamas in Gaza. It is the third time the Gerald Ford deployment has been extended, underscoring continuing concerns about military volatility in the region. The decision to keep the USS Ford – the American Navy’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier, accompanied by the USS Thomas Hudner, USS Ramage, USS Carney and USS Roosevelt – in the region comes as Israel’s Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, has announced that It will take months to destroy Hamas, which anticipates a longer war than initially anticipated by the Israeli authorities.
He Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam He has assured that the insurgency would cease its attacks if it perceives an increase in humanitarian aid to Gaza. The same spokesperson has revealed that the insurgency is in talks, mediated by Oman, with “several international parties regarding (Houthi) operations in the Red Sea.” “We have assured everyone that the operations are aimed at supporting the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and that we cannot sit idly by in the face of the aggression and siege to which the Strip is being subjected, since there is no food, medicine or drinking water, which the enemy entity has cut off,” he said in relation to Israel.