Strait of Hormuz
20 July 2023

The Pentagon announced that “in response to recent attempts by Iran to threaten the free flow of commerce in the Strait of Hormuz and its surrounding waters, the Secretary of Defense has ordered the deployment of a portion of the BATAAN Amphibious Readiness Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit (ARG/MEU) comprised of the USS Bataan, USS Carter Hall and its associated personnel and equipment into the U.S. CENTCOM area of responsibility”. “Through these actions”, the statement added, “the U.S. is demonstrating commitment to ensuring freedom of navigation and deterring Iranian destabilisation activities in the region. We will continue to work with like-minded allies and partners who are committed to the free flow of commerce to take appropriate, coordinated actions against threats to this fundamental principle of the rules-based international order”.

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