USS Truman carrier and strike force bound for waters off Syria amid Russian naval buildup

The USS Harry Truman with a strike force of 5 guided missile warships were on their way on Sunday, Nov. 18 to waters off the Syrian coast. They entered the Mediterranean on Friday, Nov. 16, just as the Russian Middle East fleet wound up a series of search and destroy exercises against enemy submarines and warships. They were led by two Russian guided missile frigates Admiral Makarov and Admiral Essen, armed with Kalibr-NK cruise ship-to-shore missiles. Russia air force helicopters took part in the drills. By week’s end, there were 8 Russian warships in the eastern Mediterranean.

Aboard the Truman are 9 squadrons of Carrier Air Wing fighter bombers . Its strike force consists of the Normandy guided missile cruiser and four guided missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burk, USS Forrest Sherman, USS Bulkeley and USS Farragut.

This US-Russian buildup of sea and air forces opposite Syria has accelerated in preparation for two events, DEBKAfile’s military sources report:

  1. The approaching meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the 26-30 Nov. G20 summit. Since it is assumed in both Washington and Moscow that  the Syria issue will be high on the agenda together with the expanding Iranian presence there, both powers are gearing up for a military event that will tilt the standoff one way or the other.
  2. A possible Israeli air strike against Iranian targets in Syria after a long pause.  The Russians may well decide to use their newly-installed S-300 air defense missiles to shoot down an Israel warplane to get even for the downing of their Il-20 on Sept. 17. For Moscow this is still an open book.
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60 thoughts on “USS Truman carrier and strike force bound for waters off Syria amid Russian naval buildup

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 10:32 at 10:32

    If Russia shoots down any US or Israeli aircraft. Its over for them in Syria. That will be all it takes for a massive war and all Russian assets destroyed. Iran, Syria , hamas and Hezbollah will be screaming rockets down on Tel Aviv and causing unbelievable destruction and death. But this will be the last thing they do. They will all die in the horrific war that follows. So, Mr Putin – best to back off and let Israel take care of business… better still GO HOME!

    • Nov 18, 2018 @ 10:43 at 10:43

      what a BIG Stupid idiots comment you made. The silent Israel seat and keep shut the better it’ll be, instead of acting as US proxies in Syria. Russia will tame Israel the wing to the last cradle NOW, just watch it

      • Nov 18, 2018 @ 11:33 at 11:33

        Russia is not in the position to take On any well equipped army. If you say something like this, then you are not living in Russia and perceive everything that Russia is selling to outside world as true and possible. Well you are one of those whom they call in Russia: Usefull Idiot. Sorry but is a true expression in Russian for guys like you:))

        • Nov 18, 2018 @ 13:50 at 13:50

          i live in siberia and what you are saying it’s utterly BS

          • Nov 18, 2018 @ 14:46 at 14:46

            Your country can’t even fix it’s ONE, yes ONE aircraft carrier! Perhaps, the ship yards in Ukraine could accommodate your Navy and offer to fix….oh wait…the Ukrainians hate Russia….I wonder why?

        • Nov 18, 2018 @ 14:18 at 14:18

          Na zdrovia

        • Nov 19, 2018 @ 11:21 at 11:21

          We already know Putin is feeding his own people lies, and the truth is that his military would be crushed. Not to mention what God himself PROMISED. ANYTHING you do to Israel, will be done to you. If you bless her, you will be blessed, If you curse her, you will be cursed. Now watch, and know that he is the Lord. Since Russia has chosen to bring Israel’s enemies to the front door and into the front yard and arm them. Let’s see what enemy of Russia springs up on her own doorstep and what they do to useful idiots. If you know that Putin is that way with the truth and your country could be so much more, why do you allow it? Keep a weathered eye and know it’s coming.

          • Nov 20, 2018 @ 1:57 at 1:57

            Putin could run on The Democratic Party Ticket in the US…..All of them are Liars.

      • Nov 18, 2018 @ 11:43 at 11:43

        “The silent Israel seat and keep shut the better it’ll be, instead of acting as US proxies in Syria.”


        Just for reference, Europeans did pretty much the same thing as you’re suggesting during the 1930’s………………..and look where that got them!
        BTW, the Israelis are acting in their own defense as far as Syria is concerned. You mentioned the term “proxies”………………..have you forgotten about Iran, Hezbollah and the Shiite militias from Iraq and Pakistan and where ever else Iran dug them up from currently operating inside Syria?????

        • Nov 18, 2018 @ 13:51 at 13:51

          you and the impure entity that dirties palestine are done, face it.

          • Nov 18, 2018 @ 17:02 at 17:02


        • Nov 18, 2018 @ 14:37 at 14:37

          Ohhh boy. The holocaust again.
          Great comparison…

      • Nov 18, 2018 @ 14:15 at 14:15

        No, you are not thinking things through. If Israel is seen to be unable to defend itself from Russian presence and systems, then its hand is forced. Israel doesn’t act as the US’s “proxy” – It follows the US line because its in its interests to do so. But if the US is unable or doesn’t want to protect it, then it must act quickly and with massive force. Its too small a country; there is nowhere for these people to go if there is a massive rocket and missile attack. Military bases, airfields and other key IDF facilities will be attacked. The muslims are ready and waiting. If Israel is panicked, its highly likely some very powerful weapons will be used while its still capable of using them. This means all Russian assets destroyed – one way or another, simply because it has take them out.

        • Nov 18, 2018 @ 14:19 at 14:19

          Wait and see.Na zdrovia

        • Nov 19, 2018 @ 0:16 at 0:16

          assets destroyed –interesting –you all forgot Gasa , that preparing an end to your country .Did someone figure out how to deal with balloons from Gasa , or every Israeli think , that they can fight with i pads ? Russia these days is the only country that saves Israel from Central Asian invasion, and fight with Pakistani , and Taliban forces in Israel street to street fight . 4 million of them are massed on your borders , and another 20 , if needed . Go explain it to your military gurus. No nukes will help , how else , if you will be affected by them yourselves. Peace not war , that is the agenda. The rest of the said by your heroes in here is as useless as they are.

        • Nov 19, 2018 @ 11:23 at 11:23

          That’s not taking into account the hand of God. and how he feels about this. We will watch the glory of God spank them all.

      • Nov 18, 2018 @ 17:01 at 17:01


      • Nov 19, 2018 @ 11:14 at 11:14

        So like the failling Russian country will take the seat of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah? In your dreams. Brace yourself, you Russians are about to get a spanking from the almighty. I hope you don’t have school tomorrow, it will be hard to sit down for a while.

    • Nov 18, 2018 @ 11:28 at 11:28

      Your assessment is way too optimistic as far as Israel’s intentions and capabilities are concerned. Bibi has lost his will to lead and prevail. His circuits have overloaded after all these years. Israel will respond to any loss of aircraft ” Bill Clinton ” style, i.e . a fake response

      • Nov 18, 2018 @ 11:57 at 11:57

        What? Are you his psychiatrist?

      • Nov 18, 2018 @ 12:09 at 12:09

        ” Israel will respond to any loss of aircraft ” Bill Clinton ” style, i.e . a fake response”


        A “crystal ball” must be such a reliable indicator of “things to come”……………predicting events which have not occurred yet!

        If Israel has the capabilities of taking out those S-300 facilities if circumstances warrant it, then Israel will do so.

        Putin must be convinced that the Israelis are quite capable of destroying them, otherwise he would not have warned them recently against doing so.

        • Nov 18, 2018 @ 13:52 at 13:52

          they are so capable they don’t dare to fly over syria anymore.

    • Nov 18, 2018 @ 13:44 at 13:44

      you will be all cancelled from Earth’s face- israelis, americans… no matter.

      RS 28 armat heavy hypersonic missile is in Uncle Vlad’s storages, not in yours.

      • Nov 18, 2018 @ 19:38 at 19:38

        It’s American technology Vlad paid Hillary for, the U.S. military can stop it.

    • Nov 18, 2018 @ 17:06 at 17:06

      “If Russia shoots down any US or Israeli aircraft. Its over for …” us. All of us.

    • Nov 18, 2018 @ 17:08 at 17:08

      Except that in the larger picture the US wants and needs good relations with Russia to help balance China worldwide. The US certainly does not want to drive the Russians into the arms of the Chinese. I would expect the US warships would be positioned more to prevent a Russian – Israeli clash than to take sides. The US would prefer that both sides escape unscathed.

    • Nov 18, 2018 @ 21:22 at 21:22

      US and Zionists are getting very nervous, Israel may seize to exist. The Jews have made a puppet
      of US and are using US power and money to seek world domination because for most of their
      history the Jews had nothing and built nothing. Yes, Israel is headed towards extinction because this
      is their destiny.

      • Nov 18, 2018 @ 21:51 at 21:51

        You obviously have not read the future of Russia, Iran, and Turkey in the Scriptures (Ezek 38-39)
        when they try to end Israel existence…

      • Nov 20, 2018 @ 2:47 at 2:47

        “Israel may seize to exist.” Enough said. Thanks for showing everyone you are an idiot. “seize to exist” oh my, way to funny. Its “cease to exist you MORON!!! After 70 years Israel is getting stronger regardless of your fake indigenous arab fantasies.

    • Nov 18, 2018 @ 21:35 at 21:35

      That’s right!

    • Nov 19, 2018 @ 5:21 at 5:21

      Excellent comment.

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 11:34 at 11:34

    You sound stupid! The G-d Of Israel is way more powerful than the evil Nazi Iranian Regime and their Russian backers! Both these Nations should go home and accept the Seven Noahide Laws including do Not Murder!! Howver I think Russia and Irans egos are way to big and they are looking to finish off the war That Hitler and The Mufti of Jerusalem Hajamin al husseini could not finish!! May both their names be wiped out. Those who attack Israel will be destroyed and The G-d of Israel will be glorified in the eyes of the entire World. G-d willing all of Israel will unite in our Homeland and our Tradition!

    • Nov 18, 2018 @ 13:53 at 13:53

      how annoying bunch of bullshits.

      your ‘god’ or so- called is no one, not even a pretty damn child.

      • Nov 18, 2018 @ 17:04 at 17:04


  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 11:41 at 11:41

    maybe this bibi will resign. then we need a stronger leader of the yehudis. Putin wants a war as excuse to control syria and Lebanon and invade Israel’s Golan and maybe even galilee. what an ass. he is far from home. big mother russia is not threatened. Putin must go home. but he will start a war with israel and cause much death and destruction in Israel.

    then israel will take off the gloves and finally use its power and destroy hamas hezbollah and the slavic russian army in Syria. the slavs in combat will not win against the mighty yehudis who fight for their small homeland and are in the right and have of course the creator of the universes on their side.

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 11:58 at 11:58

    wot an ffing mess, if vladimir goes home then who will protect the syrian people from isis nazies, if he doesnt go home then all hell will break loose … GD have mercy

    • Nov 18, 2018 @ 12:19 at 12:19

      “if vladimir goes home then who will protect the syrian people from isis nazies”

      @tony balony,

      ISIS has been all but defeated within Syria except for some very small pockets which even the now well equipped Syria army can deal with………………so there’s no justification for the Soviets (oops———-I meant the Russians) or the Iranians or Hezbollah or the Shiite militia proxies to still be in Syria, unless they have other intentions for the near future.

      • Nov 19, 2018 @ 2:53 at 2:53

        What are the USA still doing there then?

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 12:10 at 12:10

    Nothing will happen.So far 8/9 weeks no strikes in Syria by the IAF and counting…More interesting will Trump punished the Saudis and how ?

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 13:11 at 13:11

    Immediate threats are: Russian high-tech arms, Hezbollah missile sites in Syria and Lebanon, Iranian nuclear facilities. US and Israel need to remove those threats now.

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 13:43 at 13:43

    the story of the golden calf is the story of the idolatrous state entity in the Palestina SuriYah. the story of the anti Messiah.

    Second Thessalonikeus 2:8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 13:46 at 13:46

    you will be all cancelled from earth’s face- israelis, americans… no matter.

    RS 28 sarmat heavy hypersonic missile is in Uncle Vlad’s storages, not in yours.

    • Nov 18, 2018 @ 13:59 at 13:59

      Begs the question, snow queen: Why does Russia want to eliminate Israel and align themselves with the Terrorists who want to replace Russians with Muslims?

      Seems to me that Israel, Russia and America would make awesome allies and friends if the Ruskies were not too stupid and greedy to understand who their brothers are and who their real ideological opposites are who want to replace Russians with Muzzies. Recall Afghanistan, Russia?

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 14:28 at 14:28

    As usual debka gets it completely wrong,Its actually the response to threats made by the Kremlin against US forces in Syria.The USA is not buffing ether,So there you have It Debka the implications are far worse than Israels squabble with Iran,Russia should run away now

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 16:35 at 16:35

    Putin is a Putana and will get at the end.Even his friend the chief rabbi Lazar will not be able to protect him by giving him lots of Matzo to eat

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 16:54 at 16:54

    you know in high school the weak hide behind a big bully any talk shit.
    if the big bully leaves them alone, they beg and beg for their lives. But it is too late. they will be decimated.

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 18:00 at 18:00

    The time of aircraft carriers may be receding. Still useful for scaring a small country without defences, but in other situations, they may be as much a liability as an asset. Perhaps this assignment is more political than military? S300 is a defensive weapon, btw. Not an attack on a country. A jet was shot down by an older-type missile some months ago.

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 18:29 at 18:29

    Putin plays a calculated game. He is always sparring for an opening and is happy for small gains. His doctrine is to push his influence and borders with perceived strength but, in truth, gently. He will never change. The missiles he has manned with Iranians are out of date already … I am sure the Israelis have reversed engineered the sigint protocols after the problems w Russian missiles and fighters years ago.

    The big surprise in Israeli military doctrine bubbling to the surface?

    If missiles hit Tel Aviv in substance kiss Tehran goodbye. The uranian proxies are on a short leash although they will try to stretch it a small bit. But make no mistake – any sugnificant attack’s on Israel will first result in the decapitation of Iranian leadership. Then Tehran if required. You can count on it.

    Let’s hope peace can still have a chance. No one will like the alternatives.

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 18:56 at 18:56

    any nuclear response but Israel will cause it to become Palestine again. I am so sure that some of you are just genius’s, and have it all figured out.

    • Nov 18, 2018 @ 21:03 at 21:03


  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 19:33 at 19:33

    What about if US and maybe Israel as well are preparing to take a different route and that’s to hit the regime in Iran in order to destabilize it. This surely will change the whole mess.

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 19:37 at 19:37

    Snow Queen–why the hatred and racism. Israel is a small country compared to the middle east Arab countries. Uncle Vlad is a Russian not an Arab–he will not use a “not proven weapon” to save an Arab country. In addition the Americans have the ability to shoot down super sonic weapons.

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 20:33 at 20:33

    When are you all gonna wise up. Somebody is buying some oil futures now. They rattle few sabres, oil goes up, they sell, then they go home have a drink with each other, while you sling crap at each other. And those who die in the middle are the unlucky ones!!! Sad state, nasty politics!!

  • Nov 18, 2018 @ 20:45 at 20:45

    the usa has the ability to wipe out any,and i mean any navigation system of any rocket or missile within 10 seconds of launch,anywhere in the world–if they want a fight which i dont believe they do at all it will the end of any military that takes on the usa–the usa’s has systems the world has never seen-russia,china have similar systems but the usa is at least 1000 times more powerful–china,russia have played around with theirs like at the recent nato exercise,knocking out gps but they disclosed what frequencies they are operating on–the usa has not–somebody is going to make a big mistake–i think russia will back away- they got learnt big time in ww2–they will just kinda watch—scorched earth in the middle east finally?–ask japan or germany how well that went with the primitive fire power the allies had then—the usa plays around til they decide your dead…then your dead…..real dead…

    • Nov 19, 2018 @ 11:30 at 11:30

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. There are also some of the most advanced military capabilities to be found in Israel. The world turns to that very small country for military training, medicine and other advancements. Imagine if it was the size of the U.S. or Russia.

  • Nov 19, 2018 @ 0:19 at 0:19

    Future actions may depend on what is agreed to by Presidents Trump and Putin. Best case is that Russia is given sufficient notice of a pending attack and looks the other way when Israel attacks Iranian and their proxy’s offensive missile sites. They could also agree that it would be in US. Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Countries strategic interests to keep Iran from having nuclear weapons and ICBMs that could deliver them. A middle case might be Russia not agreeing to stop Syrian or Iranian anti air missile responses, but not directly pull the missile triggers which would pose the risk of shooting down Israel planes and possibly even US planes flying cover. The Syrian/Iranian missile sites then would be neutralized by either Israel, the US or both. Worse case Iran and it’s proxies shoot offensive missiles at Israeli cities, then all bets are off as the responses would not be good for anyone.

  • Nov 19, 2018 @ 4:40 at 4:40

    Under no circumstances will Russia risk a direct confrontation with the US let alone Israel. For all the talk of the SA300 system, it can be overwhelmed even after it’s so called “advanced linking” has been enabled. If smart enough to pay attention, readers would be aware that F22 cluster flights have already occurred in direct opposition to this “new” GCI system. The Russians, Iranians and Syrians read about the overflights in the papers. To those who think this new advance Russian hardware is a significant factor or tips the balance of capabilities in favor to the Russians, you are sadly mistaken. The SA300 deployment was nothing more than a Russian face saving move. Typical.

    I fully expect Israel, in coordination with her allies, is close to ready for an overwhelming strike. Under current circumstances, quiet does not beget quiet. If you watch Mr. Trump closely, he likes to engage with his adversary from a premeditated position of strength. These latest US moves are a small part of that premeditation. I expect Mr. Trump to issue Mr. Putin an ultimatum in Buenos Aires, remove your assets or lose them permanently.

  • Nov 19, 2018 @ 6:55 at 6:55

    Like Putin wishes to start a war vs. 1.2 million Russians who live in Israel? He’d be out of office in five minutes!

  • Nov 19, 2018 @ 12:01 at 12:01


  • Nov 20, 2018 @ 2:35 at 2:35

    This is for all you folks who’re living by biblical manipulated prophecies and prophetic propagandas. After this so-called WWIII, (correct name, “the divine chastisement”), all major fake religions will be a thing of the past. The US will be terribly defeated by in the Middle East by mainly “Russian and Iranian forces and Israel will be conquered by the Muslims. Then, the war will reach Turkey, Rome and the entire Europe. Meanwhile, the US and allies will be getting crush by the Chinese in the Far East. There will be no god/messiah showing up to save anyone nor any nation, better be prepared to save yourselves.

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