BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Navy has sent an amphibious assault ship to the Persian Gulf this week as tensions remain high with Iran.
According to the Associated Press, the U.S.S. Boxer assault ship, along with the amphibious transport dock U.S.S. John P. Murtha and the amphibious dock landing ship U.S.S. Harpers Ferry arrived in the 5th Fleet’s area of responsibility.
The Navy didn’t elaborate on where the ships were.
The Bahrain-based 5th Fleet oversees the Navy’s presence in the Persian Gulf and surrounding Mideast waters.
Last week, the Iranian shot down a U.S. drone as it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz. The downing of this drone prompted the U.S. to consider a retaliatory attack against the Iranian military.