(FixThisNation.com) – The U.S. Navy has announced that following a Department of Defense call for more troops to be sent to the Middle East, more than 3,000 sailors and Marines are going to be sent to the region. The troops will arrive on Monday and are going to help control the situation with Iran, as the country has recently been targeting commercial ships that are in the CENTCOM area of operations.
On Sunday forces from both the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) reached the area. The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (CENTCOM) wrote in a statement that the units are going to help increase the naval and aviation assets available in the area while increasing the capabilities and flexibility of the fleet.
According to their report, the Bataan ARG had left Norfolk on July 10. The 26th MEU is also reportedly capable of carrying amphibious missions and can be used for critical response and special operations.
CENTCOM said in a previous statement on July 20 that following Iran’s recent attempts to seize commercial ships in the area the Secretary of Defense had called for an Amphibious Readiness Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit (ARG/MEU) to be placed in the area. They further pointed out that in the last two years, Iran0 has made repeated attempts to take over approximately 20 international merchant vessels.
As a result of these attempts, the U.S. military has placed armed personnel aboard the ships that are crossing the Strait of Hormuz for commercial purposes.
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