The United States has pulled out the USS Theodore Roosevelt, a massive, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, of the Persian Gulf as Russian warships have entered the area.
For the first time since 2007, the US Navy has now no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, according to NBC News.
The warship was withdrawn from the Persian Gulf on Thursday, a day after Russia fired 26 long-range cruise missiles from its Caspian Flotilla against terrorists in Syria, Pentagon officials said.
US military officials claimed that the aircraft carrier, which the houses about 5,000 sailors and 65 fighter jets, was withdrawn because it needed to undergo maintenance. […]
Republican Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday that Washington should “just leave” Syria “if all of your [US] actions are dictated by the risk of confrontation with Russia.”
Peter Daly, a retired Navy vice admiral, noted that the absence of a US aircraft carrier is being noticed by Russians. […]