This is the moment the US Navy carries out withdrawal operations from Afghanistan with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin confirming that the process is “slightly ahead” of schedule.
The first video, filmed in the Arabian Sea on 21st May, was shared on social media by the US Navy with the message: “Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) participate in a replenishment-at-sea (a method of transferring fuel and equipment from one ship to another) with the fast-combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8).”
The second clip, filmed two days later and showing several aircraft taking off the same aircraft carrier, was posted with the message: “Who does what aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the Arabian Sea.
“The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the US 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations and providing airpower to protect US and coalition forces as they conduct drawdown operations from Afghanistan.”
While violence continues to surge across Afghanistan, US forces have reportedly completed nearly 25 percent of the exit process with regards to troop withdrawal and handing over or destroying its equipment in the country.
After the invasion began in October 2001, foreign troops began the withdrawal process on 1st May.
US President Biden set a deadline for 11th September, however, the withdrawal of the remaining 3,500 US troops from the war-torn country is expected to be finished by mid-July.
With Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin confirming that the withdrawal is “slightly ahead” of schedule, President Biden vowed to continue providing “assistance to the Afghan national defences and security forces” without further military involvement.