In the Mediterranean, US aircraft carrier operations serve as floating American diplomacy

(CNN)With Russia increasingly deploying forces on NATO’s doorstep, the United States has started its own show of force in the Mediterranean Sea. A typical carrier strike group includes an aircraft carrier, a guided-missile cruiser, two guided-missile destroyers, an attack submarine and a supply ship for logistical support. That coordination is extremely important as US military dominance in the world is being increasingly challenged by resurgent powers like Russia and China, said Rear Adm. John Wade, the commander of Carrier Strike Group 12, which includes the USS Abraham Lincoln. “Our senior leadership has mandated that our Navy become more lethal and more tactically proficient. It’s very important in the era of competition that we are in.” In the Black Sea, the …