weeks in the in the Eastern Mediterranean could remind a casual observer some sort of a military parade, with members of the US-led brining an ever increasing number of troops to the region.
The number of warships flying various flags that are being dispatched as a show of force to the Eastern Mediterranean increases has been increasing on the daily basis.
The warships of the , including Elli,four American Tomahawk wielding destroyers – USS Carney, USS Ross, USS Winston S. Churchill and USS Bulkeley. Even the flagship of the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet USS Mount Whitney made an appearance in the region together with at least three of the multi-purpose Los Angeles class nuclear submarines, one of which was USS Newport News, which was previously stationed in Gibraltar.
Further still, this massive force was then joined by the American carrier strike group, led by the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, bring along the missile cruiser USS Normandy together with a number of destroyers.
Predictably, Turkey, too, has no intention to sit and watch idly, as its has also increased its military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean dramatically, while blocking all attempts by Italy’s Eni to start drilling, as Ankara argued that this company was acting in violation of its exclusive rights. In turn, Ankara is planning to start gas production on the shelf on its own, as it has its own drillship Fatih that is going to by assisted by a number of other vessels hired for drilling and exploration works. It is possible that the start of drilling by Turkey in the disputed areas, which are now remain under control of the Greek authorities in South Cyprus can lead to a rapid exacerbation of hostilities in the region.