U.S. Deploys Expeditionary Force To Middle East To Protect Shipping

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General Erik Kurilla, head of the U.S. Central Command, announced that the USS Bataan amphibious readiness group and the 26th Marine Expedition Unit are being deployed to the Persian Gulf region to assist forces already in place to combat Iran’s attempts at seizing civilian ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Kurilla said the deployment would “further safeguard the free flow of international commerce and uphold the rules based international order, and deter Iranian destabilizing activities in the region.”  Iran tried to seize two oil tankers earlier this month. The USS Bataan, an amphibious assault ship, will be accompanied by the USS Mesa Verde and USS Carter Hall which are amphibious dock landing ships. A Marine Expedition unit usually consists of about 2,500 marines. The USS Thomas Hudner, a destroyer, as well as a number of F-35, F-16 and A-10 fighters have also been deployed to the region in recent weeks.