The Islamic Republic of Iran has really stepped into it now.
First they ignored the USS Abraham Lincoln battle group heading into the Persian Gulf. Then they blew-off four aged but still uber-lethal B-52s out of Barksdale AFB in Louisiana now pre-positioned in Qatar.
Since when is a super carrier task force AND a flight of nuclear-capable bombers not enough to make the bad guys quake in fear? Obviously, not until US Marines are factored into the equation.
As reported by USNI News, the USS Arlington (LPD-24) along with Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit will join the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in a move to counter Iranian military and/or terrorist threats.
It was due to the request from CENTCOM Commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie not only for the Abraham Lincoln CSG and the flight of B-52s, but also the Arlington and her contingent of Marines, as well as a US Army battery of Patriot missiles “following assessments made a week ago by the U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton about a ‘number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.'”
In a statement released today from the Pentagon, “The Lincoln CSG was ordered to depart the Mediterranean Sea for U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) area of operation, ‘in response to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against U.S. forces and our interests,’ according to the statement.”