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Pentagon Accelerates Carrier Group Deployment To Persian Gulf

Xinhua News Agency
July 17, 2012

Pentagon accelerates carrier group deployment to Gulf


USS John C. Stennis

WASHINGTON: U.S. Navy will deploy the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and its strike group four months earlier than previously scheduled and shift its destination to the Gulf region, maintaining two carrier strike groups in that area, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Monday.

The deployment will take place late this summer in response to the Central Command’s requirement for an extended carrier presence, Little said. The Central Command oversees the Gulf region.

The move affects 5,500 sailors aboard the Stennis and the Aegis cruiser USS Mobile Bay. The deployment was requested by Central Command commander James Mattis, and was approved last week by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

“The decision will help support existing naval force requirements in the Middle East and reduce the gap caused by the upcoming departure of the USS Enterprise Strike Group,” Little said. “It is in keeping with our long-standing commitments to the region.”

The Stennis strike group was due to deploy at the end of the year to U.S. Pacific Command. The group returned from duty in the Middle East in March. Currently, the USS Enterprise and USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike groups are deployed to U.S. Central Command. The USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is due to relieve the Lincoln group shortly. The Stennis group will relieve Enterprise.

Little said the accelerated deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility is not aimed at any specific threat, nor is it a direct response to tensions with Iran.

The U.S. military is “always mindful of the challenges posed by Iran, but …this is not a decision based solely on the challenges posed by Iran,” Little said.

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  1. Hoarsewhisperer
    July 17, 2012 at 4:23 am

    More bluster from the dumber than rocks Americans…?
    Mr Panetta would do well to reflect on the fact that in the Missile Age the US Navy’s Carrier groups, Battle groups and Expeditionary groups are sitting ducks. The circa 20 ships in each of the 20 or so such groups are so interdependent (for the purpose of mutual defense) that in the event of hostilities they are obliged to form a nuke-able clump/cluster.
    The equation is simple enough for even Mr Panetta to understand – if he’s serious about “confronting” Russia and/or China.:
    I Nuke > 1 Group.
    America’s obsession with “hardware” has proceeded myopically from the sublime to the ridiculous. (A fat lot of good their hardware did them in AfPak against the most primitive opposition a (wimpy and deluded) Superpower could wish for). It’s irresponsible to put people’s lives in grave peril by tricking them into crewing these redundant relics.
    In Iran’s case a carrier can be rendered useless by making large holes in its flight deck(s). The aircraft deployed from it can be rendered useless by sinking it after they’ve taken off.

  2. rosemerry
    July 17, 2012 at 6:21 am

    “It is in keeping with our long-standing commitments to the region.” Yeah, right.

  3. Michael
    July 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    …”Pentagon is deploying the aircraft carrirer USS Stennis FOUR months EARLIER…, however NOT only because of always mindful of the challenges posed by Iran”…
    Because of the impending November 2012 presidential election so that miserably failed incumbent can not afford to look all but in agreement with his financial WARmongering backers!!!

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