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It is difficult to deny the fact that the two main military rivals to the United States — Russia and China — have been actively working to establish and/or expand their spheres of influence in areas around the globe that directly impact U.S. interests, as well as those of our nation’s allies and partners.
However, in what can only be described as a show of force intended to send a direct message to those rivals — as well as any others who’ve contemplated challenging the U.S. — the U.S. Navy just joined with a few European allies to send two major aircraft carrier strike groups into the Mediterranean Sea for joint exercises.
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The U.S. Naval Institute reported that the “dual-carrier, multi-national operation” was composed of the USS John C. Stennis and USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carriers.
The typical array of escorts those carriers usually travel with were joined in the exercises by additional warships, including guided-missile destroyers and frigates, from France, Spain and the United Kingdom.
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U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, was invited aboard the Lincoln to observe the exercises as they took place, perhaps signifying the fact that the military exercises were largely intended as a message to Russia and display of solidarity and cooperation among NATO allies.
In an interview with CNN, which was granted exclusive media access to document the maneuvers, Huntsman said, “When you have 200,000 tons of diplomacy that is cruising in the Mediterranean — this is what I call diplomacy, this is forward operating diplomacy — nothing else needs to be said.”
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With the awesome power of the combined dual-carrier, multi-national strike force as a backdrop, Huntsman added, “You have all the confidence you need to sit down and try to find solutions to the problems that have divided us now for many, many years.”
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