How many threads have predicted war against Iran this summer? Well, you never read one like this.
The USS Enterprise
is about to enter the Persian Gulf. This move puts the most
famous of all US Navy warships in harms way, and by coincidence, the most modern fresh out of refit.
It replaces the USS Reagan, which is moving to the Pacific, where the USS
is currently operating, and where the USS Kitty Hawk
currently at sea testing combat systems.
4 US Aircraft Carriers forward deployed to sea is impressive, but 4 Carriers ready to go is equally impressive. The
USS Eisenhower CSG
just complete certifications for its deployment later
this summer, while the USS Washington
is also surge ready, recently
returning to port with its weapons after a 2 month surge cruise to the Caribbean. The
recently welcomed a Marine F/A-18F squadron, which is interesting,
considering Marine Squadrons are for Close Air Support. The USS Stennis
also preparing for deployment later this year after recently completing a refit.
But everyone knows a war with Iran means a the Navy needs a priority on minesweeping. Well, for that you need the
and the USS John E
, which are the most advanced destroyers in the world with the very rare combination of littoral radar, anti-ballistic missile tracking
and limited intercept capability, and the new remote minehunting vehicle UUV. After all, US minesweepers are slow, with a max speed of 14 knots, it
takes time to get to the Gulf... unless your nearby like the USS Patriot
As if that wasn't enough, the USS Peleliu ESG
is in the Gulf, the
USS Essex ESG
is in the South Pacific for large multinational exercises, the
is deployed for large multinational exercises, the
is in the Med for large multinational exercises, while the USS Iwo Jima ESG, USS
Wasp, and USS Bonhomme Richard ESGs are all in workup for deployments. Throw in the
in the Indian Ocean tossing around
ScanEagle UAVs, which replaced the USS Oak Hill which has been doing it for months, and the USS
is exercising too. Singapore is of coarse a US Navy partner in the Spartan USV program, and a contributor to protecting the Iraqi Oil
Terminals in the Gulf.
Lets not forget, the FS Charles De Gaulle
and escorts just happens to be in the
Arabian Sea, and the Royal
Navy CV Illustrious
and its powerful task force is also in the region.
I could go on and on, think of all the ships in every exercise in every link, and where these exercises are taking place.
Coincidence or Conspiracy? Considering the predictions for months regarding Iran, I think it is The Worlds Largest Naval "Coincidence" that much
firepower is at sea this June.
[edit on 2-6-2006 by darksided]