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How much firepower has the US moved into the Gulf?

PortandTerminal.com, August 14, 2019

The United States has been steadily moving in military firepower into the Gulf region in response to the escalating tensions and recent ship seizures by Iran

WASHINGTON – The current tensions between the United States and Iran in the Persian Gulf region have led the US Navy to boost its firepower in the region. There are now has more Navy personnel deployed in the Middle East than anywhere else in the world according to a recent very thorough article in Forces Network.

The following is a visual summary of the assets that have been sent to the region.

Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG-12)

Carrier Strike Group 12

The major air firepower asset in the region is Carrier Strike Group 12 led by the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln has a crew of 3,200 and has another 2,480 personnel make up the air wing for the 90 aircraft and helicopters embarked.

The large number of pilots and maintainers allow the carrier to support strike operations 24/7 for sustained periods.

Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG-12) also includes at least three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, each of which carries up to 90 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

One of these destroyers, the USS Bainbridge, was the first naval vessel on the scene after the attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 26, 2013) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Swamp Foxes of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 flies by the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho/Released)

Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG-12) also includes at least three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (pictured above), each of which carries up to 90 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Joshua Kinter (RELEASED)

CSG-12 also includes the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf, named after the largest naval battle in history. This cruiser uses the highly sophisticated AEGIS combat system and carries over 100 air defence missiles.

USS Boxer

The Carrier Group has been joined by the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (pictured above). Boxer leads 4,500 US sailors and marines who are part of an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

USS John P. Murtha

The Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) includes the San Antonio-class ship USS John P. Murtha (see above), which is designed to carry United States Marine Corps vehicles and landing craft.

Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC)
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Spencer Mickler/Released)

The ARB also includes the USS Harpers Ferry, which holds vehicles and giant hovercraft known as Landing Craft Air Cushion which can travel at 40+ knots and carry payloads of 60 tons.

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer/Released)

Embarked on the Amphibious Ready Group is the United States Marine Corps 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit is one of seven Marine Expeditionary Units currently in existence in the United States Marine Corps.

B52 Stratofortress bomber

Since tensions have risen with Iran, the US has also deployed B52 Stratofortress bombers to Qatar. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons.

F-35 Lightning aircraft

The US has also deployed F-35 Lightning aircraft and Patriot air defence missile systems to the United Arab Emirates.

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