The US Navy (USN) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) has established a temporary air logistics hub in Sri Lanka to receive support, supplies, and services at sea.
The hub includes an airstrip and storage facilities to provide logistics support to USN ships operating in the Indian Ocean. It also has the potential to provide expeditionary logistics support during humanitarian and disaster relief missions.
Such logistical hubs are becoming increasingly necessary for USN operations in the Indo-Pacific regions as the service executes its plan to deploy more forces in the region, naval experts noted.
"We need to develop logistical nodes in and around the Pacific," Jerry Hendrix, vice- president of Telemus Group, said on 11 December during a presentation on aircraft carrier operations at the Heritage Foundation.
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