Image 01 Image 03

U.S. Military Power In Middle East Grows

U.S. Military Power In Middle East Grows

Secretary of Defense announces deployment of anti-ballistic missile battery and additional Patriot air defense missile batteries, among other forces, as U.S. military operations near Gaza continue to expand

We previously reported on the decision to move the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) off the coast of Gaza despite the Ford CSG being near the end of its normally 6-month deployment to the European Command Area of Responsibility (AOR), which encompasses the Mediterranean Sea, among other areas: U.S. Navy Brings Massive Military Power to the Gaza Area of Operations

We next updated our U.S. military force picture to report that the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) CSG was deployed from Norfolk, Virginia on October 14 and ordered to the coast of Gaza:  U.S. Military Power Expands in Gaza Area of Operations – An Update

From Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s October 14 “statement“:

I have directed the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) to begin moving to the Eastern Mediterranean. As part of our effort to deter hostile actions against Israel or any efforts toward widening this war following Hamas’s attack on Israel, the Strike Group includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), guided-missile destroyers USS Gravely (DDG 107) and USS Mason (DDG 87), and Carrier Air Wing 3, with nine aircraft squadrons, and embarked headquarters staffs.

The Eisenhower CSG will join the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, which arrived earlier this week. The Ford CSG includes the USS Normandy, USS Thomas Hudner, USS Ramage, USS Carney, and USS Roosevelt. Earlier in the week, the U.S. Air Force announced deployment to the region of squadrons of F-15, F-16 and A-10 fighter aircraft.

The USS Bataan (LHD-5) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with over 2,000 U..S. Marines, has also been re-directed from the Persian Gulf to the coast of Gaza:

USS Bataan, at 40,000 tons and over 800 feet in length, is a smaller version of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. With conventional propulsion, she has a powerful airwing that typically includes six F-35 strike fighters (with vertical takeoff capability), alongside a dozen of the assault support tiltrotor MV-22 Ospreys to get Marines rapidly ashore in a crisis.

The ship also has very capable missile defense systems, surveillance radars and a crew of over 1,200 sailors. There is a complete medical and surgical operating facility, along with space to embark nearly 2,000 Marines.

The Bataan ARG also includes the USS Carter Hall and USS Mesa Verde, two other amphibious assault ships with embarked marines (approximately 2,500 U.S. Marines total in the Bataan ARG):

If you’re keeping track, that is two nuclear power aircraft carriers with over 100 tactical aircraft and nine accompanying warships, each of which likely has Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles in hot standby in missile launchers, and three amphibious assault ships with more tactical aircraft and 2,500 U.S. Marines aboard.

Now we have learned that SECDEF has seriously augmented U.S. missile defense forces in theater. From Fox News: Defense secretary issues plan to ‘bolster regional deterrence efforts’, move warships, increase forces

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the U.S. Department of Defense’s plan on Saturday evening to further “bolster regional deterrence efforts” in the Middle East amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, reiterating the department’s defense of Israel.

In a press release, the secretary said that the plan comes following “detailed discussions” with President Joe Biden….

Austin said that the DOD has deployed their anti-ballistic missile defense system, called the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery, as well as additional Patriot battalions “throughout the region.”

Without sharing an exact number, Austin said that he has an “additional number of forces on prepare to deploy,” to “increase their readiness and ability to quickly respond as required.”

“I will continue to assess our force posture requirements in the region and consider deploying additional capabilities as necessary,” the Defense Secretary concluded.

President Biden has aggressively affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself in the wake of Hamas’ surprise attack.

This comes after several attacks on U.S. facilities around the Middle East:

Over the last week, there have been a growing number of security incidents involving drone and rocket attacks on U.S. bases in Syria and Iraq that appear to have been carried out by Iranian-backed groups opposed to the U.S. support of Israel in its war against Hamas.

A U.S. citizen working as a contractor at Al Asad airbase in western Iraq died from a cardiac episode during an attack on the base last Wednesday.

In the most visible attack on Thursday, the destroyer USS Carney intercepted four missiles and 15 drones fired from Yemen, by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia that the Pentagon said may have been headed towards targets in Israel.

At the time, the destroyer was located in the central Red Sea and used SM-2 air defense missiles and other capabilities to bring down the Houthi missiles and drones.

Iran, for its part, has claimed that its newly developed “Fattah” missile is so advanced that it can evade U.S. missile defenses: Iran unveils first domestically-made hypersonic ballistic missile, claims it can evade US defenses: report

Iran…unveiled what officials are describing as its first domestically-made hypersonic ballistic missile, one it claims can “bypass the most advanced anti-ballistic missile systems of the United States” and “Israel’s Iron Dome.”

The Fattah missile, which was showcased at a ceremony attended by Iranian President Ebrahim Rahisi and commanders of the country’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, has a top speed of around Mach 14 – more than 10,000 mph — according to Reuters, citing Iranian state media.

“The precision-guided Fattah hypersonic missile has a range of [870 miles] and it is capable of penetrating all defense shields,” Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guards’ aerospace force, was quoted by Reuters as saying to state media.

“It can bypass the most advanced anti-ballistic missile systems of the United States and the Zionist regime, including Israel’s Iron Dome,” Iranian state TV reportedly said, adding that the Fattah “is a big generational leap in the field of missiles”.

And Vladimir Putin, for his part, claims that Russian missiles capable of launch from MiG-31 aircraft on patrol in the Black Sea can hit U.S. warships in the Mediterranean near Gaza:

Things continue to ramp up in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Buckle up.


Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.


TY James,

we have learned that SECDEF has seriously augmented U.S. missile defense forces in theater.

That sounds like a good thing, until you think about it.

Thanks for the update.

If I were deployed, I would be disgusted at being used as a prop.

Is Joe planning on starting WWIII, or is this all bluster?

    geronl in reply to MarkS. | October 23, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    Being able to shoot down an incoming missile “starts” a war? I’m thinking the launching of that missile started the war.

    puhiawa in reply to MarkS. | October 23, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    Joe doesn’t know how to use the toilet. All he knows is he hates Jews but has been told Israel is an ally. After this his only command is “figure out how I can make money on this”. Joe has not mentioned a single dead American, has not acknowledged the anti-Semitic behavior of the left, and is trying as hard as he can to support Hamas while pretending to support Israel.
    I have no doubt Obama is setting policy by the hour through a cut out, via Susan Rice.

    guyjones in reply to MarkS. | October 24, 2023 at 7:40 am

    Recall how the vile Dhimmi-crats bragged at crime boss, Biden’s, installation in the White House geriatric ward, that the “adults” were back in charge, and, that Biden would usher in a new era of global peace, after President Trump’s term was absurdly alleged to have represented a time of increasing global instability.

      jagibbons in reply to guyjones. | October 24, 2023 at 8:22 am

      There’s no real adults in the White House. It’s run by a bunch post-millennial brats who care more about their own status than anything resembling the common good (if there even is such a thing anymore).

Assassins are far more cost effective.

Conversely, forces around Taiwan have decreased….

We are certainly heading toward what may be an inevitable WWIII. I hope these two carrier groups are heavy on real patriots with real skills and light on drag queens. I’m sure it’s hard to move from the amphibious assault craft to the beach in a skirt and high heels.

“In a press release, the secretary said that the plan comes following “detailed discussions” with President Joe Biden…”
That must have been an adventure. All this military might is impressive but it might not be a match against corrupt Western media.

Dear Mr. Nault:

Please encourage the IDF to dig tunnels from the periphery into the areas beneath Gaza City.

As many tunnels as it takes.

Some large, some small, some intermediate sized.

Surely, you military folks are familiar with the Battle of the Crater? and what worked and what didn’t work.

If the IDF would seal off the northern third of the Gaza Strip, then they could systematically deploy giant tunneling machines and get this job done with minimal loss of life.

(the kinds of tunneling machines used to tunnel railroads and highways through the Alps. And beneath the Baltic Sea

Another option would be to flood them out using water pumps connected from the nearby Mediterranean

Or use smoke bombs

Thank you

despite these deployments, if anyone believes fjb or barry represent a deterrent to hamas / hezbollah / iran they’re dreaming

anyone remember barry’s middle eastern tour before he was “elected?”


I am worried one of these ships will be very vulnerable and get attacked and our forever wars will continue.

    Whitewall in reply to Dathurtz. | October 24, 2023 at 9:37 am

    This Gaza war is the next front of a civilizational war between Western Civilization vs anti civilization. The first front is the current Ukraine-Russia war. None of this will stop with these two fronts. The anti civ forces see the civilized world as weak and corrupt. They have good reason.

Maybe Joe has that Beach Boys song in his head “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran”.

Zelenskyy. Z. E. L. E. N. S. K. Y. Y. Yes, 2 Ys. Ukraine. Ukraine! Yes, I’ll hold…