An American aircraft carrier returns to the Persian Gulf to continue fighting against the Islamic State


On board the USS John C. Stennis– By landing on the cockpit of this nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, you can hear the roar of fighter planes taking off. The Stennis looks every inch of its 4.5 acres – a warship at war.

Despite President Trump's advance, the F-18 fighter aircraft launched airstrikes of Taliban targets in Afghanistan toward positions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria declaration of victory and discussion on withdrawal of troops of every 2,000 soldiers in Syria.

"We defeated the Islamic State, beat them and beat them badly, took over the land, and now is the time for our troops to return home," he said.

But the group's commander said the Stennis did not let go.

"It does not change our tactics, we have missions to accomplish and we fill them," said Rear-Admiral Michael Wettlaufer. "Since we arrived, our pace has been rather stable."

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USS John C. Stennis

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<p>The Stennis looks more like a floating city. More than 5,000 sailors serving 70 tactical aircraft mainly cover US forces on the battlefield. As long as there are American boots on the ground, there will be American air support overhead.</p>
<p>The return of a US carrier to the Persian Gulf is also seen as a show of force to neighboring Iran, which deployed ships in December to monitor the Stennis.</p>
<p>"When you put this big piece of chess in one place and in any part of the world, you are serious," Capt said. J. Patrick Thompson.</p>
<p>This became evident when we watched dozens of F-18 catapult from the bridge, returning hours later to a final stop described by the pilots as a "controlled accident".</p>
<p>In the engine room, a system allowing jet aircraft to land on the aircraft carrier must operate up to 75 times a day and late at night. Although sailors are more than capable of keeping pace, no one can be sure what is happening on the horizon.</p>
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