Carrier extends Gulf stay

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USS Truman’s Arabian Gulf Stay Extended By Month To Accelerate Anti-IS Campaign

The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier strike group’s presence in the Arabian Gulf has been extended for 30 days. While it is critical to the campaign to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, it also provides a broader maritime security in what also is known as the Persian Gulf, the chief of naval operations said Monday.

Navy Adm. John M. Richardson told reporters at the Pentagon that the continued presence of the Truman — which he said contributes 20 percent to 25 percent of total airpower there — is aligned with President Barack Obama’s acceleration of the campaign to defeat ISIL.

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