The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Nitze, armed with surface-to-air and Tomahawk cruise missiles, was redeployed off the northeast coast of Saudi Arabia, as aspect of the US work to “plug the holes” in its ally’s air defenses.

Beneath the pretext of the “dramatic escalation of Iranian aggression,” the Pentagon announced the deployment of more troops and other military assets to the Persian Gulf. Precise particulars are nonetheless becoming worked out, but the deployment will be “limited” and purely “defensive” in nature, US military brass promised.

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In the meantime, 1 guided missile destroyer has currently been redeployed to the northern Persian Gulf to “plug the holes” in Saudi Arabia’s air defenses, according to US media reports. Equipped with Aegis radar and surface-to-air missiles, the USS Nitze is superior recognized, not for its air defense capabilities, but for a ‘self-defense’ Tomahawk strike on Yemen.

In a uncommon act of direct US military involvement in the Saudi-led Yemen war, in 2016, the USS Nitze carried out a series of strikes supposedly targeting “radar sites” – in the name of guarding the “freedom of navigation.” Back then, Washington accused the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels of launching various missiles at an American warship (causing no casualties or harm). Of course, all the targets of the ‘self-defense’ attack have been positioned “in remote locations, exactly where there was tiny danger of civilian casualties or collateral harm,” the Obama-era Pentagon claimed at the time.

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The Trump administration also vowed to shield the “freedom of navigation” in the strategic Strait of Hormuz and beyond, and has extended been gathering a coalition of the prepared to confront Iran. Even so, following a series of botched oil tanker attacks (which the US pinned on Tehran) and reciprocal vessel seizures in the summer season, only the UK volunteered to join the anti-Iran flotilla (Australia as well, but sometime subsequent year). Later in August, Bahrain – which hosts the US Navy’s 5th Fleet – agreed to participate, right after the Central Command chief paid the King a stop by. Only the current attack that briefly knocked out 50 % of Saudi oil production (causing no casualties or substantial extended-term harm) convinced Riyadh and Abu Dhabi it was time to enlist.

The September 14 incident was an embarrassment for the US, due to the fact its pricey air defense systems failed to shield Saudi oil facilities from drones and missiles. So now Washington is rushing to bolster its ally’s safety, even although Saudi Arabia currently has “the most strong air defense program in the area that offers complete radar coverage,” according to a higher-ranking Russian military supply.

Even though the Houthi rebels claimed duty for the sabotage – and promised additional attacks unless Saudi Arabia and the UAE halt their war in Yemen – Riyadh refuses to think that they have the capability. The Saudis insist that Iran had a hand in the raid, which they claim came “from the north” and caught their air defense units off guard.

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