Epoch Times – The Pentagon has approved the deployment of a Navy ship and a Patriot missile defense battery to the Middle East, amid increasing tensions between the United States and Iran.
The USS Arlington, a marine transport ship, and a Patriot missile battery will now join what the United States had sent earlier in the week to the Middle East—the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and an Air Force bomber task force.
The Department of Defense (DoD) said in a statement on Friday, May 10, that the moves are in response to increased threats of possible operations against U.S. forces in the region by Iran.
“The Department of Defense continues to closely monitor the activities of the Iranian regime, their military and proxies,” the DoD said in the statement.
“The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend U.S. forces and interests