The U.S. Navy launched a massive response this week to the threat developing in Syria. An armada comprised of 12 warships is currently streaming toward the troubled country. It’s the greatest show of Naval force since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the largest U.S. military response in Syria since a mammoth 2013 strike.

The ships are being led by the USS Harry S Truman. It’s being escorted by a deadly group of destroyers and cruisers.

President Donald Trump ordered the military to respond to the recent chemical attack in Syria. He’s still toying with the idea of launching airstrikes. The concentration of Naval firepower headed toward the Middle East is a sign that the Trump administration views the attack as a serious moral transgression.

The White House hasn’t indicated what President Trump’s ultimate plan will be. Before the chemical attack, the administration was considering withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria.

“No final decision has been made,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. “We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies.”

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