To demonstrate its unwavering support for Israel, the United States has announced the deployment of a second aircraft carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin disclosed on Saturday, informing the public that this deployment aims to deter hostile actions against Israel and prevent any further escalation of the ongoing conflict in the region.

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and its associated warships will join the earlier deployed carrier group in the wake of Hamas’s shocking attack on Israel.

US Response and Deployment

The United States has taken a proactive stance in response to the crisis, reflecting its role as a key ally of Israel in the region. The deployment is a powerful signal of Washington’s “ironclad commitment to Israel’s security and our resolve to deter any state or non-state actor seeking to escalate this war,” stated Austin in a press release.

The presence of such a significant naval force in the region serves as a warning to any state or non-state actors contemplating further escalation of the conflict.

Besides deploying military assets, the US has already provided munitions to Israel. Additionally, it has urged all parties involved not to escalate the situation further.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Deploys
Deployment: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) / Image source: DVIDS

On the same day as the second carrier group deployment announcement, President Joe Biden emphasized the country’s commitment to protecting civilians during a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The White House issued a statement after the call, saying, “President Biden affirmed his support for all efforts to protect civilians,” although it did not explicitly mention the Gaza Strip.