The USS Harry S. Truman carrier group was going toward the Mediterranean this Sunday during rising tensions between Russia and the globalists who rule America.
The nuke-powered Nimitz class warship and her 5,000 crew will work in NATO exercises named Neptune Strike 22, the AP reports.
Support Forces and Naval Striking NATO, being led by 6th Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Gene Black, is overseeing the joint intl. deployment.
The exercises will start Monday and go through February 4, and will “demonstrate NATO’s ability to use the high-end maritime strike abilities of an carrier group to support the defense of the alliance,” Pentagon media secretary John Kirby said to reporters.
He added that the strike group, along with several other NATO allies he didn’t name, “will work in coordinated sea maneuvers, anti-sub training, and long-range strikes training.”
Kirby said the war games were “long-planned,” since the year 2020, and were not in reply to the recent Russian aggression close to the Ukrainian border, though the drills were not listed on NATO’s website for being slated for this year.
The announcement came right after Russia announced its own naval exercises, with over 140 warships and around 10,000 soldiers taking part in Jan. and Feb. in maneuvers that will happen in the Arctic, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific.
The United States and Western allies have watched as the steady increase of Russian troop numbers close to the border grew to a peak of around 100,000, pushing fears that Moscow was about to invade Ukraine.
Russia annexed the Ukraine Peninsula in 2014 and shortly after supported separatist rebels in the east side of the country. Over seven years, the fighting killed more than 14,000 people and destroyed Ukraine’s industrial heartland.
Kirby acknowledged the tensions with Russia had caused discussions among the allies about holding the exercises, although Russian naval abilities are still a largely unknown.
“There was due discussion about — given the tensions — about our posture. And after all that discussion and consideration with our NATO allies, the choice was made to move forward,” he told reporters.