U.S. Navy Has Spent How Much In The Middle East?

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(PartiallyPolitics.com) – The United States Navy has had to spend almost $1 billion on its operations in the Middle East since the outbreak of the war between Israel and Gaza. This dates back to the Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7, 2023. 

On Tuesday Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, while speaking to the Senate Appropriations Committee argued that the navy in the region has been performing “extraordinarily well” and argued that they needed to be given additional funding from Congress in order for munitions to be resupplied. He continued by pointing out that right now they are close to having spent almost $1 billion in ammunition expenditures. As he said, the need for the supplemental to pass this week. 

According to Del Toro the Navy has been using Raytheon-manufactures Standard Missile 6s and Standard Missile 2s. Both of these ballistic missiles can be rather costly with each one costing over $2 million each. The discrepancy in the cost is something that the Houthis have mocked the U.S. for as these expensive ballistic missiles are used to fight against drones that cost $10,000. 

Since November the Houthis have launched hundreds of attacks against commercial and military vessels in the region. They have also argued that all of these attacks are a means of showing solidarity with Palestine as the area is facing attacks from Israel. 

In February the Senate passed a $95 billion foreign aid bill, but the House has not yet approved the bill since it does not include any U.S. border provisions. The bill would help provide funding for Israel, Ukraine, and even their other allies.

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