U.S. Weighs Deploying Second Aircraft Carrier Group
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U.S. Weighs Deploying Second Aircraft Carrier Group

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy/Reuters)

The U.S. may deploy a second aircraft carrier near Israel, U.S. defense officials said, an escalation of the U.S. military effort to deter regional powers from joining the war between Hamas and Israel.

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and its accompanying ships were scheduled months ago to sail this week for the Middle East. They are expected to reach the Middle East in roughly two weeks, defense officials said.

The USS Gerald R. Ford and its accompanying ships, some of which have nuclear capabilities, are expected to arrive later on Tuesday, defense officials said. The Pentagon is considering, but hasn’t formally decided, whether the Eisenhower would relieve the Ford or both groups would remain, defense officials said.

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