USS Gerald R. Ford crew get ‘steak and lobster’ dinner ahead of bombshell news
The crew on the huge USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean have reportedly been served a “steak and lobster” dinner ahead of possible bombshell news, according to one report.
The US is building a massive military presence in the Middle East as it looks to send a strong message to Iran to stay out of the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas.
The Pentagon has placed around 2,000 troops and a series of units in a state of readiness as Israel prepares to launch a ground invasion into Gaza to fight against Hamas.
This includes the deployment of USS Gerald R. Ford – the world’s largest warship that can ferry 75 aircraft – to the Eastern Mediterranean.
But there are reports the crew aboard the massive aircraft carrier were served a luxury dinner on Saturday – which is normally reserved for national holidays or the bearing of bad news.
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Open Source Intelligence Monitor, which has nearly 900,000 followers on X (formerly Twitter), wrote late on Saturday: “Rumors are that the crew onboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) in the Eastern Mediterranean have been served steak and lobster tonight for dinner.
“That is usually reserved for either Holidays (Which today isn’t) or News which is expected to Lower the Crew’s Morale like a Deployment Extension or possibly something else.”
X user “Webmiester” (@YourWebmiester), who describes themselves as a “Gulf Vet” in their bio, responded: “I can confirm this was a thing, at least when I was in.”
Open Source Intelligence Monitor replied: “I know some DDGs that do steak and lobster every Sunday for dinner, but I have never heard of a carrier having done that. I’m sure this is some kind of ‘bad’ news.”
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The US reacted quickly to the barbaric Hamas attacks in Israel on October 7 by deploying the world’s largest warship to the Mediterranean.
It arrived at its destination two days later, with the Joe Biden administration announcing it was in the area to “deter any actor” looking to escalate the war with Hamas.
The ship is armed with RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Anti-Air missiles and a Phalanx CIWS, a radar-guided 20mm autocannon that can fire 4,500 rounds per minute.
This comes with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announcing new steps to increase “force posture” in the Middle East region that “will bolster regional deterrence efforts, increase force protection for US forces in the region, and assist in the defense of Israel.”
He said in a statement: “First, I redirected the movement of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group to the Central Command area of responsibility.
“This carrier strike group is in addition to the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, which is currently operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. It will further increase our force posture and strengthen our capabilities and ability to respond to a range of contingencies.
“I have also activated the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery as well as additional Patriot battalions to locations throughout the region to increase force protection for US forces.
“Finally, I have placed an additional number of forces on prepare-to-deploy orders as part of prudent contingency planning, to increase their readiness and ability to quickly respond as required.”
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