Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin introduced on Sunday the U.S. is transferring a provider group to the japanese Mediterranean Sea, along with different strikes, in response to the assault on Israel by Hamas this weekend.
The Ford provider group is already within the Med, having not too long ago conducted exercises off the coast of Italy, in line with an announcement by the Navy issued final Thursday (excerpt):
IONIAN SEA – The Gerald R. Ford Service Strike Group (GRFCSG) concluded a collection of high-end coaching occasions with Italian naval forces within the Ionian Sea, Oct. 4, 2023, to extend interoperability as NATO allies and strengthen regional stability within the Mediterranean area.
My ideas proceed to be with the individuals of Israel and the numerous households who’ve misplaced family members because of the abhorrent terrorist assault by Hamas. At present, in response to this Hamas assault on Israel, and following detailed discussions with President Biden, I’ve directed a number of steps to strengthen Division of Protection posture within the area to bolster regional deterrence efforts.
I’ve directed the motion of the usGerald R. Ford Service Strike Group to the Japanese Mediterranean. This contains the U.S. Navy plane provider USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), in addition to the Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), USS Ramage (DDG 61), USS Carney (DDG 64), and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). We’ve got additionally taken steps to enhance U.S. Air Drive F-35, F-15, F-16, and A-10 fighter plane squadrons within the area. The U.S. maintains prepared forces globally to additional reinforce this deterrence posture if required.
As well as, america authorities might be quickly offering the Israel Protection Forces with extra tools and sources, together with munitions. The primary safety help will start transferring at the moment and arriving within the coming days.
Strengthening our joint pressure posture, along with the materiel help that we are going to quickly present to Israel, underscores america’ ironclad help for the Israel Protection Forces and the Israeli individuals. My staff and I’ll proceed to be in shut contact with our Israeli counterparts to make sure they’ve what they should shield their residents and defend themselves towards these heinous terrorist assaults.
Politico reported Sunday the Biden administration is planning to ship extra weapons to Israel and will enable a draw down of U.S. zmmunition pre-positioned in Israel (excerpt):
The Biden administration is working to satisfy Israel’s request to urgently switch weapons to Tel Aviv, in line with a U.S. official and second individual accustomed to the talks, a day after Hamas militants launched an unprecedented wave of assaults on southern Israel in a battle that threatens to erupt right into a wider struggle.
Israeli officers have requested the U.S. to switch particular weapons programs, stated the individuals, who have been granted anonymity to talk forward of any announcement, and Washington is working to make that occur. They didn’t say what these weapons have been, citing operational safety.
One possibility the White Home could also be contemplating is to launch a little-known stockpile of American ammunition saved in Israel. The weapons are supposed for the U.S. to make use of in Center East conflicts, however the U.S. has additionally allowed Israel to entry the ammunition in emergencies.
Whereas the U.S. despatched a few of that ammunition to Ukraine to assist it repel Russian invaders, there’s nonetheless sufficient left within the stockpile for Israel, the U.S. official stated.
The U.S. official stated the administration doesn’t anticipate that any army help to Israel will impression its capacity to proceed to ship weapons to Ukraine, as the 2 nations use completely different programs.
In a readout of Joe Biden’s name with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, the White Home stated Biden stated extra help for Israel is on its means:
President Biden spoke this morning with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel. The President once more expressed deep sympathy for all these lacking, wounded, and killed, and pledged his full help for the Authorities and folks of Israel within the face of an unprecedented and appalling assault by Hamas terrorists. They mentioned the taking of hostages by Hamas terrorists, together with total households, the aged, and younger kids. The President emphasised that there is no such thing as a justification in anyway for terrorism, and all nations should stand united within the face of such brutal atrocities.
President Biden up to date the Prime Minister on the intensive diplomatic engagement undertaken by america during the last 24 hours in help of Israel. The President additionally conveyed that extra help for the Israeli Protection Forces is now on its solution to Israel with extra to observe over the approaching days. The leaders additionally mentioned ongoing efforts to make sure that no enemies of Israel consider they will or ought to search benefit from the present scenario.
The 2 leaders dedicated to remain in common contact over the approaching days.
There are reviews, together with this one by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Herzog that Americans are amongst these kidnapped and being held by Hamas in Gaza.
It’s now being reported that DOZENS of Individuals are being held hostage by the Iranian-backed Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
Iran is NOT our pal.
That is TERRORISM.
We pray for the secure return of our countrymen & we pray for security & safety of our ally Israel. pic.twitter.com/eUdhJVaGVo
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) October 8, 2023