posted on Dec, 17 2012 @ 06:00 PM
Excuse me. The USS Eisenhower is being set home from the Persian Gulf EARLY to have repairs done on its flight deck (it gets re-surfaced.) The
Eisenhower was SUPPOSED to stay in the Gulf another couple of months, but problems with one of our other carriers now in home port forced the
Eisenhower to come home early so that it can re-deploy in a couple of months. It was cited as "off the coast of Turkey" because it had the audacity
to go through the Suez Canal on its way across the mediterranean and into the Atlantic, where it has been for several days. It will be home by
Christmas. This was unplanned, but it is because one of our other carrier is broken.
The USS Iwo Jima, which is actually an LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock), not a carrier like a CVN, was just relieved by the USS Pelelieu in the Persian
Gulf and is ALSO headed home. It hung out off the coast of Israel for a few extra weeks when Hamas was throwing rockets at Israel in case it needed to
be use for evacuation purposes. It was on the way home when this happened.
So, in actuality, the US presence in the Persian Gulf is down to one carrier, the USS Stennis, and one LHD, the USS Pelelieu, which is one CVN LESS
than normal. There is now no appreciable presence in the Med save a few destroyers, which is normal. The 6th Fleet is headquartered in Naples.
No mystery at all. No build up. No draw down.