U.S. and French naval forces led by two aircraft carriers are conducting drills in the Aegean Sea off Greece in the midst of the military conflict in Ukraine.
The presence of the aircraft carriers off Greece is intended to monitor Russian naval forces in the eastern Mediterranean and conduct reconnaissance missions on behalf of NATO allies in the Balkans.
USS Harry Truman has been conducting exercises in the northern Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea since the beginning of March and is expected to dock at Souda Bay in Crete by March 25, while the French Charles de Gaulle is currently south of Crete and is expected to moor at Pireaus port, south of Athens.
Truman with a length of 1,092 feet (333 meters) can carry up to 90 fighters jets. It is escorted by six warships, a nuclear-powered submarine, and the USS Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Bainbridge.