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US air operator operations in the Mediterranean serve as floating American diplomacy

For the first time since 2016, the United States uses two Nimitz class aircraft, USS John C. Stennis and USS Abraham Lincoln, which show Moscow that the United States does not in any way return in this important geopolitical area. "We will not be discouraged by any potential opponent, and we will support our interests as Americans and even those of our allies as we steam all over the world," adm. James Foggo, US Commander Naval Forces in Europe and Africa, is on the bridge of Abraham Lincoln. CNN got exclusive access to the operator business, which serves to improve the coordination between two multi-carrier airlines and up to 120 aircraft each. A typical salvage group includes an aircraft carrier, a guided missile cruiser, two pilot missile destructors, an attack submarine, and a logistical support supply vessel. That coordination is extremely important because US military dominance in the world is increasingly being challenged by resurgent powers such as Russia and China, the back adm. John Wade, the commander of the Carrier Strike Group 1 2, which includes the USS Abraham Lincoln. "Our leading leadership has mandated our navy to be more fatal and more tactically proficient. It is very important in the time of competition we are in." Russia is one of the foremost recipients of the US power game in the Mediterranean run at home as Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russia, came aboard the support group. Huntsman essentially called aircraft carriers floating American diplomacy. "When you have…

For the first time since 2016, the United States uses two Nimitz class aircraft, USS John C. Stennis and USS Abraham Lincoln, which show Moscow that the United States does not in any way return in this important geopolitical area.

“We will not be discouraged by any potential opponent, and we will support our interests as Americans and even those of our allies as we steam all over the world,” adm. James Foggo, US Commander Naval Forces in Europe and Africa, is on the bridge of Abraham Lincoln.

CNN got exclusive access to the operator business, which serves to improve the coordination between two multi-carrier airlines and up to 120 aircraft each.

A typical salvage group includes an aircraft carrier, a guided missile cruiser, two pilot missile destructors, an attack submarine, and a logistical support supply vessel.

That coordination is extremely important because US military dominance in the world is increasingly being challenged by resurgent powers such as Russia and China, the back adm. John Wade, the commander of the Carrier Strike Group 1

2, which includes the USS Abraham Lincoln. “Our leading leadership has mandated our navy to be more fatal and more tactically proficient. It is very important in the time of competition we are in.”

 ADM. James Foggo and Ambassador Jon Huntsman on USS Abraham Lincoln's Bridge.

Russia is one of the foremost recipients of the US power game in the Mediterranean run at home as Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russia, came aboard the support group.

Huntsman essentially called aircraft carriers floating American diplomacy.

“When you have 200,000 tons of diplomacy cruising in the Mediterranean – this is what I call diplomacy, this is forward-looking diplomacy – nothing else has to be said,” he said. “You have all the confidence you need to sit down and try to find solutions to the problems that have shared us now for many years.”

Russia is increasingly using its forces in many of the places where it has diplomatic conflicts with the United States. In Syria, Moscow maintains a large military presence and is close to signing a long-term lease for Tartou’s port, where its naval forces are already based.

 AF / A-18 Super Hornet is waiting to take off from the deck of USS Abraham Lincoln in the Mediterranean.

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] President Trump has repeatedly questioned America’s commitments to its NATO allies and regrets that many European nations do not meet their 2% of GDP defense spending commitments. But Huntsman said the massive army now deployed in the Mediterranean shows that America remains as committed as ever.

“This is a focus on our NATO colleagues and that we get the correct messages about security, cooperation, a commitment to the region,” he said. “One who has been very worried about some of Russia’s actions. And we are not leaving and NATO is still the strongest collective security organization in history and we are a big part of it.”

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