“Our transits of the Strait of Hormuz continue to be in
compliance with international law, which guarantees our vessels the right of
transit passage,” Little said in a statement Tuesday. “We are committed to
protecting maritime freedoms that are the basis for global prosperity; this is
one of the main reasons our military forces operate in the region.”
Little said U.S. carrier movement in the region has been regularly
scheduled “in accordance with our longstanding commitments to the
security and stability of the region and in support of ongoing operations.”
“These carrier strike group deployments are necessary to
maintain the continuity and operational support to ongoing missions in the U.S.
Central Command area of responsibility,” Little said.