As Russia Bombs Syria, U.S. Pulls Aircraft Carrier Out of Persian Gulf

In a time such as this….. Israel is left standing on its’ own.

As Russian warships rain down cruise missiles as part of its military strike in Syria, there’s now a glaring absence in the region: For the first time since 2007, the U.S. Navy has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

Military officials said Thursday that they’ve pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is home to about 5,000 service members and 65 combat planes, so that it can undergo maintenance. The ship officially exited the gulf around 11 p.m. ET. The temporary measure is also the result of mandatory budget cuts.

090311-N-7571S-003 GULF OF OMAN (Mar 11, 2009) USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) navigates through the Gulf of Oman. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier along with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 are operating in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility and are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder/Released)

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GULF OF OMAN (Mar 11, 2009) USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) navigates through the Gulf of Oman. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier along with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 are operating in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility and are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder/Released)

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