The USS Roosevelt and the USS Normandy in the Arabian Sea off Yemen. Navy photo

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, whose new home port will be San Diego, returned to the Arabian Gulf Friday and the fight against ISIS after a mission to waters off Yemen.

The nuclear-powered carrier and it’s guided missile cruiser escort USS Normandy crossed the Strait of Hormuz to return to its station in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf and rejoin other U.S. and coalition forces supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

In recent days, the Navy had increased its presence in the Arabian Sea as a result of instability in Yemen and in response to a flotilla of Iranian cargo ships entering the region. The Navy said it was positioning forces in that area to ensure the freedom of navigation.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department reported 16 airstrikes against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq over a 24-hour period ending Friday morning.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.