US Navy sends 2nd carrier to Gulf

2012-04-09 16:27

Dubai - The US Navy said on Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its nuclear programme.

The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks only the fourth time in the past decade that the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating at the same time in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, said Cmdr Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.

The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden, said Derrick-Frost.

The warships also patrol the Gulf's strategic oil routes that Iran has threatened to shut down in retaliation for economic sanctions.

The deployment of the second aircraft carrier is "routine and not specific to any threat," Derrick-Frost added. She did say how long the Navy will keep the increased military presence in the region.

It was last in June 2010 that the US had two carriers operating in the region. Before then, the carriers were deployed in March 2003 during the US-led invasion of Iraq and in February 2007 in support of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Enterprise is based in Norfolk, Virginia. It is the Navy's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that is now on its last mission.

The Enterprise was commissioned in November 1961. The carrier is scheduled to be deactivated this fall (autumn).

  • Morne - 2012-04-09 16:53

    If Iran want so lunch a rocket into space surely they can do it within their own boundries - taking the rocket outside your airspace is looking for trouble and the thing is, troubles heading their way!

      Oom - 2012-04-09 17:03

      Youv'e got Iran confused with North Korea

      Morne - 2012-04-09 17:30

      Nogsteeds!,wat is die verskil tussen Iran en Noord-Korea? In my opsig, is daar nie veel nie.

      Jack - 2012-04-09 17:33

      I would support Iran..but really how they treat their women is just sooo wrong....i guess that's muslims for ya. People have no respect!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-04-09 21:12

      Could be dangerous "lunching" on a rocket. It will give you more than heartburn...

      Spyker - 2012-04-09 22:53

      Haai ISO - Houtwerk is nie 'n wetenskapvak nie...

  • Andre - 2012-04-09 17:05

    We can expect the situation in the Middle-East to worsen rather than improving. Man is unable to broker extended peace in the region. The only way peace will ever come to the region is when the Muslim nations start loving their own more than they hate the Israeli's. It will never happen. Read at the Scriptures. It is written!

      Eddy - 2012-04-09 21:55

      What is written?

  • Vuyo - 2012-04-09 17:20

    This is the last kicks of a dying horse by america. After the war in IRAQ and Afghanistan , definitely nobody is afraid of them anymore, it's only a matter of time . All empires come to an end - The ROMAN , BRITISH , etc .

      Piet - 2012-04-09 17:27

      Stupidity have no boundaries......

      Fidel - 2012-04-09 17:29

      It is incumbent too on the emerging powers to let America fall gently and not to antagonise it. The worst thing that could happen is for a 'John Wayne' type politican to be SELECTED who refuses to accept the inevitable.

      catgirl1971 - 2012-04-09 18:30

      WTF are u guys smoking???? God really must love stupid ppl cos he's made so many of them!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-09 20:00

      This has become a silly debate, One has this Fidel and this patrick, competing between them , who can spew out the most HATRED, And make the most outrageous stupid ,dumb and ignorant comment. The one comes over rather dumb, and can ONLY go on endless how bad the USA is, and probably been dumped by an American chick. And the other has to sugar coat every single word, otherwise one would detect immediatly, her total ignorance, I guess she/he suffers from an unbelievable inferiority complex. They together have brought this site down to the level of the gutter !! Not for me, thank you !

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-09 20:15

      I have always preferred responses to my comments , coming from the ones that don't agree with me. But it has become such a silly mud slinging match, grade 5 kids, would be too embarressed to tel their mother !!!

      Larry - 2012-04-09 21:27


      Fred - 2012-04-10 07:25

      There's a fundamental problem with your expectation: the USA is not an empire. Period. You should educate yourself what the word actually means and what it entails.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 07:27

      Whatever Fidel and Patrick say, it is pretty much guaranteed true reality is exactly the opposite.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 14:14

      Patrick, again, what I have written is not "mudslinging".

      Fred - 2012-04-11 01:00

      It is not. It's saying your perspective is childish and wrong.

  • Alex - 2012-04-09 17:23

    Ok so Iraq had none, the taliban were mostly talk. Hey maybe third time lucky! HooHa

  • Piet - 2012-04-09 17:26

    World war three in the making!

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-04-09 18:36

    News24 should have journalists who know the topics they are reporting on. For example, a ship is not deactivated, it is decommissioned. \r\nAs for the rest of the comments posted it is clear that few, if any, of you have military experience as very few of the comments make any sense or are related to the article @ all. Rather not comment if you don't know what you are talking about.

      John - 2012-04-10 06:02

      Actually Catgirl, you are wrong in this instance. The Enterprise has to have it's Nuclear Reactors deactivated first, before it can be decommissioned.

  • Fanie - 2012-04-09 18:38

    Oops! Another war over oil is looming. Troops in Australia and now another ship in Persion gulg= War.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 07:28

      Come on Fanie, it's about a lot more than that. Surely you can see this.

      Jaba - 2012-04-10 08:12

      war is not fanie

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-09 19:03

    Most probably there to take down Assad's and his government forces, by giving arial support to the rebels when they don't adhere to UN calls for cease fire for starters.

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-04-09 20:29

    I hope Iran fux them up.

      Eddy - 2012-04-09 21:58

      You have a better chance of falling pregnant. But i suppose you can dream

  • Dries - 2012-04-09 23:30

    I read that the US wants to test a new bomb and they will surely test it on the Punkies in Iran.....Apparently this new bomb is already up in space and they (the US) can drop it anywhere in the world they just need to wait for the earth to turn and at the right moment they release the bomb. The bomb will explode 4km above the ground and send out very strong type of x-ray and it will fry all the Punkies open orifices that’s wet like your eyes, mouth and you know what….amazing stuff and to top it off the explosion don’t damage buildings at all but fries human and animals

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-10 00:32

      Where did you read this? Link please!

      Jorrie - 2012-04-10 06:50

      Are you insane! Think man..,think!! What about civilians?

      Jaba - 2012-04-10 08:19

      An earthquake would be better and cheaper. Either way they are doomed if they continue on their route of self destruction, with their Nuclear ambitions.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-10 08:46

      The bomb already in space? Bad dream Dries, or give us your reference.

  • Lenzi - 2012-04-10 13:38

    The USA dropped 2 nuclear bombs in Japan killing many innocent civilians for generations to come, women and children too.. Japan a small island already bombed to smithereens by that time vs a still quite mighty Russia who could now turn her attention towards Japan after defeating Germany vs a USA who was pretty much untouched vs a Britain and France both quite beaten.. And I am called crazy when I have my doubts on the need to use the nuclear bombs?? interestingly enough Japan was pleading with Russia before the bombs were dropped for a surrender deal. Since then the USA has been pretty much CONTINUOUSLY at war, I lost count with how many nations but there always seems to be a new enemy first the Asians now the Arabs... To date since the first gulf war the USA has dropped well over !! 2000 !! tonnes of Depleted !! URANIUM !! bombs in the middle east. Please look this up because i'm astonished how the media side steps this one. Here is a picture depicting US military bases worldwide If this is not the behavior of an empire then i do not know what is. In this picture we can see a very silent and strategic surrounding of the 2 other powers that be. China and Russia..Potatoes anyone? P.S. Please debate on the facts. I am not here to insult anyone, if you have a different point of view I would like to know why.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 14:19

      Another faulty post from you Lenzi. You should educate yourself about WW2 and what an empire really is. Moreover, the media has "sidesteps" that issue because it hasn't happened.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 14:20

      Another faulty post from you Lenzi. You should educate yourself about WW2 and what an empire really is. Moreover, the media "sidesteps" that issue because it hasn't happened.

      Lenzi - 2012-04-10 17:02

      Fred here are 2 articles from the Guardian newspaper in the UK. Most mainstream media has barely touched on the subject but much respect to the Guardian. They discuss the "existence" of Depleted Uranium and it's effects on people and the environment. You will also, i'm sure, be very pleased to find the content is easy to follow and in English.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 18:04

      That is obviously correct and I agree, there is a deriliction of responsibility on the part of the US military to clean up the sites. It should be done. But your framing is faulty. You present it as if the US has, and is using nuclear weapons to create a US empire, and the "Asians" and "now the Arabs" are victims of US world domination. This is a non-complex, largely pseudo-victim, faulty perspective. The US was drawn into WW2 very reluctantly. This is recorded fact. You just have to read. It far preferred to let Europe alone. When it did enter the war, it realized the very real threat the Nazis and Axis powers posed to the world, including the US itself. Japan was part of the Axis powers. It attacked the US at Pearl Harbor. You make no mention of this at all. It's absurd that you don't. Part of your pseudo-victim perspective. You also complete overlook the declaration and waging of war by Islamic extremists on the US and the freer world, that has killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of mainly Muslim CIVILIANS using car bombs and suicide attacks. Somehow you contort this as US world domination. I'm always amazed at how pseudo-victimhood distorts reality, although it is predictable at the same time.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 18:08

      Depleted uranium is not a nuclear weapon.

      Lenzi - 2012-04-10 21:02

      Fred come on man! The US is about to launch WW3 and attack Iran because Iran is enriching Uranium. The US believes Iran can't be trusted with the Uranium and all this is coming from a country that has dumped 2 million kilograms of uranium waste in the middle east in the form of dust! Depleted Uranium is nuclear waste Fred! there is a reason they store the stuff in sealed steel cylinders inches thick and then cover it feet deep in cement.. You don't put it on war heads because it is heavy and penetrates armor well and shoot it throughout the middle east because you want to liberate the Arabs from their evil rulers... and then say oops sorry we should clean that up at some point.. are you familiar with the word hypocrisy? Japan attacked the US military because the US cut her oil supplies. The US was not so neutral Japan was also in the wrong but the point is Japan attacked US military ships not civilians and they used conventional bombs the US targeted Japanese civilians killing 250000 in an instant, later more died from the radiation. Japan was crippled the Allies did not need to do this, This was an act of evil without a doubt. I am pro Peace I say no to war. Especially when the USA is the one pointing fingers.

      Fred - 2012-04-11 01:06

      That's right: especially when the US is pointing fingers. You have an anti-US OCD. This is why your perspective is wrong and ultimately irrelevant.

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