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US to Deploy ARG Forces to CENTCOM AOR

Library image of the US Navy and USMC Bataan Amphibious Ready Group [US Navy: Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Thomas Joyce]

The US DoD (Department of Defence) is to deploy ARG forces to the CENTCOM AOR (Area of Responsibility) to bolster maritime security.

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Press Release, Arlington VA, 20 July 2023: In response to recent attempts by Iran to threaten the free flow of commerce in the Strait of Hormuz and its surrounding waters, the Secretary of Defense has ordered the deployment of a portion of the BATAAN Amphibious Readiness Group / Marine Expeditionary Unit (ARG/MEU) comprised of the USS Bataan, USS Carter Hall, and its associated personnel and equipment into the USCENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR), in addition to the recently approved forces comprising F-35s, F-16s, and a guided missile destroyer, the USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116).

Through these actions, the United States is demonstrating commitment to ensuring freedom of navigation and deterring Iranian destabilisation activities in the region. We will continue to work with like-minded allies and partners who are committed to the free flow of commerce to take appropriate, coordinated actions against threats to this fundamental principle of the rules-based international order.

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