In the restless waters where global tensions simmer and boil, the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78), a leviathan of American naval power, is cutting through the Eastern Mediterranean’s choppy waves.

This titan of the seas, a juggernaut stretching 1,092 feet (332.8 meters) with technology so advanced it feels ripped from the pages of a sci-fi thriller, is setting a course away from the cauldron of conflict that’s the Israel-Hamas war.

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New Age of Naval Warfare: The Rising Missile Threat

Picture this: the world’s largest and most sophisticated aircraft carrier, flanked by the deadly elegance of the Ticonderoga-class USS Normandy (CG-60) and its Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer kin, including USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), USS Ramage (DDG-61), USS Carney (DDG-64), and USS Roosevelt (DDG-80).

It’s not just a fleet; it’s a floating fortress, a steel-clad fist of the United States, flexing its muscles in some of the most contested waters on Earth.

But let’s not kid ourselves; the sea’s a treacherous mistress.

Recent skirmishes have ripped the veil off a new era of naval warfare.