USS Nimitz carrier group re-routed for possible help with Syria
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group are heading west towards the Red Sea to help support a limited US strike on Syria, if needed, defense officials said on Sunday.
The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked.
"It's about leveraging the assets to have them in place should the capabilities of the carrier strike group and the presence be needed," said the official.
"We try to reduce the physics of time and space so we can be as ready as possible should we be needed," said a second official, cautioning that decisions about ship positioning in the Mediterranean were still being finalized.