15 March 2014

Navy: USS George H.W. Bush staying in Mediterranean for allies | RallyPoint.com

Image copyright Eric Garst/US Navy

By Chris Carroll
Copyright Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush will remain in the Mediterranean Sea for several days longer than planned as part of a U.S. effort to reassure allies on edge over Russia’s troop incursion into Ukraine’s Crimean region.

The Bush arrived March 9 in Antalya, Turkey, for a preplanned stop on a mission to the Middle East. One ship in its carrier strike group, the USS Truxtun, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, is in the Black Sea conducting exercises with regional allies.

The Bush will remain “for a few more days over what the original plan was,” said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren. The Pentagon is not divulging when the Bush will continue on with its original mission, but said the departure would likely happen within the next several days.

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