June 17, 2024
USS Lincoln strike group deployed to send Iran 'clear and unmistakable' message, Bolton says.
Aircraft parked on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in this 2012 photo.
Aircraft parked on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in this 2012 photo.

The U.S. is sending the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in order “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime,” National Security Adviser John Bolton announced Sunday night.

Bolton said the deployment was in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” on the part of Tehran, but did not elaborate.

“[A]ny attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force,” Bolton said. “The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.”

The strike group, which includes the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, the guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and destroyers from Destroyer Squadron 2, departed Naval Station Norfolk on April 1 for what the Navy described as a “regularly scheduled deployment.” The strike force is under the command of Rear Adm. John Wade.

The strike group and task force are officially deploying to the U.S. Central Command region, an area which covers 27 nations in East Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.


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