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The USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78), a titan of American naval power, navigates the Eastern Mediterranean, away from the Israel-Hamas conflict. This marks a new age in naval warfare, characterized by sophisticated missile threats, as seen in recent skirmishes involving advanced anti-ship ballistic missiles, like those used by Houthi rebels. The Ford, flanked by formidable ships such as the USS Normandy and Arleigh-Burke-class destroyers, epitomizes a floating fortress, asserting U.S. military might in contested waters.

The narrative also highlights the Red Sea’s transformation into a battleground where Houthi rebels, aided by Iranian-supplied weapons, target crucial trade routes. Ships like the USS Gravely face these new challenges, employing state-of-the-art defenses to evade missile attacks.

As the Ford heads back to Norfolk, Virginia, it symbolizes the changing face of global naval dynamics. This journey underscores the urgent need for nations to adapt to this evolving landscape, protecting vital waterways and standing united against new maritime threats. The recent events in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea are a stark reminder of the continuous need for naval advancement and collaboration in an era marked by escalating conflicts and technological advancements.