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Aircraft Carrier Extends Operations in Mediterranean Sea

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 – The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush will remain in the Mediterranean Sea a few days longer than originally scheduled, a Defense Department spokesman said here today.

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A liberty boat departs the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush to take sailors to Antalya, Turkey, March 9, 2014. The carrier is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Eric S. Garst
  

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Army Col. Steve Warren told Pentagon reporters the extension allows for additional training and enhances maritime capabilities in the region.

“This is a few more days over what the original plan was,” he said. “There’s two reasons: one is to conduct these additional training opportunities, and frankly, because a lot of what we’re doing there now is an effort to reassure our allies.”

The carrier left Norfolk, Va., to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

On the situation in Ukraine, Warren said the department continues to monitor situation “very closely” and continues to call on Russia to de-escalate the situation.

“Russian intervention in Ukraine, we’ve said all along, is a violation of international law and international agreements to which Russia is a signatory,” he said.

(Follow Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall on Twitter: @MarshallAFPS)

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