"The official said the carrier strike group has not been assigned a mission and the move to the Red Sea was a prudent move in case its resources are needed to "maximize available options."
The other ships in the USS Nimitz strike group are: USS Princeton and three destroyers: USS William P. Lawrence, USS Stockdale and USS Shoup.
Latest reports are that The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier and strike group is in the northern Arabian Sea.
Meanwhile reports confirm that France has dispatched its anti-air warfare frigate "Chevalier Paul" to the eastern Mediterranean. The French warship is joining the flotilla of US and British warships "including US navy destroyers and British and American submarines, which are armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles."
Syria is being portrayed in the French media as the aggressor:
The Chevalier Paul vessel is one of France's "most up-to-date destroyers of the Horizon-class, "[it] will be "extremely useful" if Syria decides to launch its air attacks against the international flotilla."
"Nuclear-powered French aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle remains in dock at the southern French naval port Toulon, according to news agencies."- Advertisement -
Russian Warships to the Syrian Coastline
A critical situation is unfolding:
Moscow has announced that is also sending two warships to the Eastern Mediterranean to reinforce its naval strength which operates out of Russia's naval base at the port of Tartus in Southern Syria.
"The agency quoted a source in the armed forces' general staff as saying an anti-submarine vessel and a missile cruiser would be sent in the coming days because the situation 'required us to make some adjustments' in the naval force." French and Russian warships "head for Syria" -- SYRIA -- FRANCE 24
Syria's Air Defense System
The Russian built S-300 is functional. The deployment of the S-300 Surface to Air Missile system in Syria has been on the drawing board of the Russian Ministry of Defense since 2006.
Syria also possesses the Pechora-2M air defense system, The Pechora-2M is a sophisticated ground to air multiple target system which can also be used against cruise missiles.