The U.S. is also in the process of moving Patriot anti-missile batteries into Iraq.
Carrier Strike Groups
The Pentagon said it would keep two aircraft carrier task forces in the Gulf region after carrying out strikes in Iraq.
Sailors with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group were told this weekend their deployment has again been extended.
The Akagi was found in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument resting in nearly 18,000 feet of water.
The nuclear-powered GW is about 60 percent through a mid-life overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding.
Ships from the Harry S. Truman Strike Group are deploying from this week, but one thing is missing -- the Truman.
A B-52H and fighters from the Lincoln Strike Group passed over the carrier recently in a show of force to Iran.
Members of the HASC have drafted legislation that would bar the defense secretary from reducing the number of carriers.
The 12-day Exercise Northern Edge is the largest joint U.S. military training operation in the region.
The Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and Marines performed extensive training ops in the Arabian Sea this weekend.