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Over the last week, the U.S. Navy has made its presence known.

Do you know where your warships are?

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SOUTH CHINA SEA

  • Two guided missile destroyers were sent to patrol near disputed islands “to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law” on Monday (U.S. Navy 7th Fleet).
  • Backstory: China continues to claim territory & waterways the U.S. and others dispute. U.S & China engaging in trade talks.
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MIDDLE EAST

  • Early deployment of carrier strike group (approx: 7,500 sailors, aircraft carrier & several ships)
  • “The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack…” Nat’l Security Advisor John Bolton.
  • Backstory: U.S. cites unspecified threats; 1-yr anniversary of U.S. withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal.
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SOUTH AMERICA

  • Navy hospital ship will deploy in June in response to humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
  • “The rising desperation in Venezuela has fueled a mass exodus, the likes of which we have never seen in the Western Hemisphere.” VP Mike Pence.
  • Backstory: Opposition leader Juan Guaidó challenges current leader Maduro; future uncertain.
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The first official U.S. Navy Squadron set sail 1776; in 1777 it had 31 ships. Now the fleet boasts over 289, according to publicly available data.

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