US back to two carriers near Iran
The USS Abraham Lincoln arrives for deployment in the Middle East
January 19th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

US back to two carriers near Iran

By Barbara Starr

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln arrived in the Arabian Sea on Thursday, Navy officials said, a likely prelude to testing Iran's recent warning against sending a U.S. carrier through the Strait of Hormuz.

The Lincoln joins the USS Carl Vinson, already in the region, returning the U.S. Navy its standard two-carrier presence there. The carrier USS John Stennis left in the past few days and is now traveling back through the western Pacific.

The Lincoln's arrival puts into place all the elements for a U.S. carrier to travel back into the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz for the first time since recent tensions with Iran escalated.

U.S. military officials have told CNN the United States will continue its long-standing military commitment to having an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, but will not say when the transit will take place in light of security concerns about Iran.

Several weeks ago, as the Stennis left the Gulf, Iranian officials warned the United States not to send in another carrier. In recent years, the United States has kept one carrier in the Gulf and one in the North Arabian Sea for much of the time.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that the U.S. naval and military presence in the region will not change and the current level is sufficient to deal with any situation that could arise.

"We have always maintained a very strong presence in that region," Panetta said Wednesday. "We have a Navy fleet located there. We have a military presence in that region. And ... we have continually maintained a strong presence in the region to make very clear that we were going to do everything possible to help secure the peace in that part of the world."

A senior U.S. official acknowledged the Pentagon continues to see the Iranian naval forces controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps inside the Persian Gulf as more aggressive than regular naval forces.

U.S. military intelligence has been tracking the record of Iranian Revolutionary Guard commanders in the region and remains concerned about whether they are all firmly under the control of the most senior commanders in Teheran, the official said.

Out of concern that a confrontation could escalate unnecessarily, the United States recently suggested that a direct channel of communication be opened between the two governments.

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    August 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  2. Adam Hurst

    When the Iranains give their fellow Muslim terrorists one of their nukes to detonate in New York harbour on a freighter before it docks should the US still just mind their own business?

    February 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  3. Edward

    Americans should mind their own bloody business. How would America feel if the Russians landed near their waters with armed carriers. It is time for the US to realise that they are a declining power and nobody wants them to be judge , jury and executioner.

    February 16, 2012 at 7:49 am | Reply
    • Joe America

      Enjoy your wishful thinking guy, Declining. lmfao

      February 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • WhatchIt

      The Ruskies already do. Unlike the muzzies, the Russians are not insane. With Iran is all about the lies.

      February 17, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
      • Vitoria

        hey guys, saw you play paradiso, super nice!!! obama was for the bail out, he wants to bomb pkaastin.. was ok about the wiretapping.. wants global carbon tax, got 4 times more wallstreet money than mcain.. he is not going to repeal the patriot act.. :(

        April 7, 2012 at 1:58 am |
  4. Mitzu

    America does not want another war. However the MiddleEast is a ticking time bomb and Iran has her finger on the trigger. I hope all of the people throughout the world, especially Russia and China realiaze that if Iran sinks our carriers. Iran will not be inhabitable for man or beast for 10000 years.

    February 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Adam Hurst

      It would be nice if that would really happen but in reality Obama would just waste more time talkng about more sanctions for another couple of years. The Iranians are experts at stall tactics. Stall the world not only until they have nukes but stall until their delivery methods are perfected!

      February 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  5. Dutch

    I'd say that majority of those commenting here, are complete idiots. It's sad that these low level life forms are growing in mass, soon their stupidness will be considered the average, and your ignorant, prudness, and uneducated personas are what should to be eliminated from society. I think those eugenics programs did more backfire then selective adaptation.

    "Violence"
    It's a real M*therF*#!er! We wage war, we burn sacrifices, pillage and plunder, then tear at the flesh of our brothers. And why? Because God gave us violence to wage in his honor, WTF!

    February 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  6. Highly motivated

    However, our large boat is worthless because the nuclear threat comes from the satellite that Iran just launched into space.

    February 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  7. mike b

    from the greatest comedian ever jeff foxworthy, you might be a redneck if you put planes on a boat and drive around pissing people off

    February 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  8. NeoGraphix

    From the great poet team of Whitesnake; I quote " Here We Go Again....."

    February 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  9. pugsly

    end all religion now!

    February 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  10. ChristianCruisader

    We ain't scared of no Rag heads and we are ready for WAR, let's goo $ht talkers, we laugh are your leader, country and u dirt bags! I can't wait to see Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Subway, StarBucks in IRAN after we Bitch Slap u fools. Hahaha

    January 24, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
  11. jim

    the US will sacrifice both carriers and the troops to be able to justify a nuclear response. you just watch. compliments of your bribed and blackmailed congress and the usurper in charge.

    January 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • Jordan

      I love how Iranians and their likes run their mouths, oh well, speech is tax free.

      what part of MOVING FORTRESS DONT U GET?

      Do you really think with a few jets, torpedoes, and small vessels u can take down a MOVING, NUCLEAR POWERED, AIRFIELD+BATTALION+AIRFORCE? WITHIN MINUTES OF FIRST ACTIONABLE THREAT, YOU HAVE ABOUT 80 JETS EACH CAPABLE OF HITTING MANY TARGETS SCRAMBLING OVER YOUR AIRSPACE.

      DO IT. I DARE YA. oh wait, the most u could do is write another nonsensical comment. Iran wants the war more than Israel, more than US, more than ANYONE ELSE! and it probably will get it, albeit in a much more different delivery method and time than it imagines... with unexpected results

      January 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
      • ChristianCruisader

        BRAVO, BRAVO JORDON, You could not have Explained it any Better. I'm frankly Lossing my Patience with this LEADER and Rag TAg Army General/Mujahadden Crew. I think they have forgotten HISTORY and what we are Capable of doing an Sacrafice that we have Laid before and will not Hesitate on taking care of. But we will do on our CALL and ON OUR TIME, DATE, AND THEY WILL CRY AND WEEP for SURRENDER !

        January 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
      • crusader12

        Yup, once more the lunatics of a fascistly brainwashed nation speak out in the lowest forumns of communication. Iran, no problem, you guys could rape that little oilfield with ease, them and Syira. But heym there are a couple countries to the north of the middle east that may just not stand for that, and I tell you obese, sheeple of Americans, if China and Russia get mad, there will be no more world. End of story. Cheer it up, you will have to face what you did to Iraq soon and it will come in the way of a mushroom cloud over your own soil.

        February 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Jim

      Yuo are a moron

      January 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Reply
    • mickey1313

      you are aware that is how we got into all of this mess in the first place, 9/11 was a false flag op, undertaken by US special forces and the industrial military complex.

      February 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
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  12. sam

    GLUG GLUG GLUG GLUG GLUG

    January 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  13. Blah

    @RetiredVet – you stand corrected. You need two carriers in the gulf to protect your nations precious oil that the nation loves so much. Let's not sugar coat this. It's all about the oil. If it were about securing peace, there would be the same military presence in Sudan.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • Henry1471

      Sorry to burst your bubble but most of the US oil comes from the western hemisphere. Our battle groups are protecting our allies and bankers oil supply! Follow the money, the wars etc. are to supply our banker (China) with subsidized low cost resources (below market oil from Iran, minerals from Afghanistan, etc.) http://battleland.blogs.time.com/2012/01/13/the-perfect-headline-on-the-silent-sino-american-limited-liability-partnership/

      January 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  14. jak

    i did't really know there were so many mentally sick people in the world until i stsrted to resd some of these comments! here is a forum for an exchange of ideas and comments only to be used my the mentally retarded to post garbage, surely you can do better than this!

    January 20, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Blah

      @jak – completely agree!

      January 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  15. Hahahahahaha

    Come on Iran! Send in your fishing...er, I mean military boats to drive around them and then tell your people that you chased the carriers away!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha

    January 20, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • PB

      Not fishing boats but Sunburn missiles, against which US carriers have no response. Willing to lose a carrier and full complement of sailors just to satisfy Israel's psychopathic lust for another war in order to become the dominant power in the Middle East?

      January 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
      • Rob

        I don't think you've actually ever seen one of those carriers. Sunburn – shmunburn...
        None of our carriers will be sank by the Iranians...

        February 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
      • eric

        I guess you've never heard of Phalanx CIWS?

        February 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  16. TED DAVEY

    god does not want us fighting I pray one day this will be so. We all worship the same God

    January 20, 2012 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • GodIsAnAlien

      God is an Alien. You do know that don't you.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
      • macarter

        God, my friend is the Great "I AM" . The Creator of the heavens and the earth and the seas and all that is within them.
        The Holy Spirit inspired word of God states: He who comes to God must first believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. If you fail to believe now you will definity beleive later. Because every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess He is and was and is to come. Jesus the Christ is coming.

        January 20, 2012 at 11:39 am |
      • PB

        No Macarter, "God" isn't any of those things. That is what the demented, unschooled American mind likes to think this "God" is.

        January 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
      • Rick Smith

        Macarter, you are a wise man. You have acknowledged the Lord before men,
        and He will acknowledge you before our Father in Heaven.
        Forgive the lost souls, they have not eyes to see, nor ears to hear.
        Pray that the Lord would open their eyes and ears before it is eternally too late.
        God Bless you.

        January 22, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • mickey1313

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      February 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • HaterOfTowelHeads

      There is no "God", only humanity that is selfish. I guarantee I will see the same "religious" people I know, in the same place as my agnostic self after death.
      This isn't about God anyway.

      February 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  17. Sayan Majumdar

    And just look at the composition of USS Abraham Lincoln’s Air Wing, F/A-18E/F ‘Super Hornet’ strike fighters along with E-2D ‘Advanced Hawkeye’ to vector them to potential targets, those can cover a significant chunk of Iranian airspace from relatively safe location.

    Sayan.

    January 20, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
  18. Sayan Majumdar

    I am quite surprised by the absence of pennant number of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72) on the foredeck. Perhaps the ‘72’ marking is oblivious from this angle, perhaps.

    Sayan.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:50 am | Reply
    • Henry1471

      CNN would not fake a picture would they? God bless Photoshop.

      January 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  19. mamoud

    Lomg live the glorious Republic Of Iran. Much longer tghan the stoopid US with their piny boaties and the stupid idees, I hate you all even though Inkbowe tyhaT yopu arwe aftrid of mee the wonderful mamoud the strong.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:37 am | Reply
    • Sayan Majumdar

      @mamoud, sometimes I do feel that you have outlived your utility and actually harming your nation’s interests through your sub-standard posts.

      Sayan.

      January 20, 2012 at 6:54 am | Reply
    • HaterOfTowelHeads

      Mamoud...go back to your third world country where you urinate and poop in the same water you drink from, and oppress the same women and children in the same breath that you stare at internet porn. Wishing, hoping to allah that he will produce all the boy virgins you so desire

      February 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
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    bal

    January 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  21. RagMcmuffin

    Let it rain, let it rain, let it RRRRRRAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIINNnnnnnnnn!!!!!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  22. Iranacockuptheirass

    AAhhh...may 10000 monkeys run for their lives while the beast master arrives at front door! Run, Run, Run you little shits!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Draft Dodger Newt

      You can do better than that, dammit!

      January 20, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
      • Iranacockuptheirass

        Yes you are correct, excuse me for my Irainiess. May 5000 camels Fuck your sister in the anal while you suck your mothers cock after pumping your dog who just got done giving your daddy a fudge packing.

        January 20, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • jak

      have you ever thought of commiting suicide? I THINK YOU WOULD ENJOY THAT VERY MUCH, PLEASE TRY IT ONCE!

      January 20, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
    • PiratesRule

      ANy chance you can put that crack pipe down?

      January 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • Iranacockuptheirass

        You jealous maggots...may 500 camels smoke your crack so bad you scream like little homos who just got their very first fudge packing

        January 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  23. RAHMAN JAMIU OLDMIDE.

    TERROREST STATE LIVE THE NEWLY APPONTED BY (GOD) WORLD SUPER POWER ALONE. IRAN IS THE WORLD FREEDOM FITHER, IMPEARELSM GET OUT OF ANOTHER MANS LAND, U.S & ISREAL YOU ARE INVENDER. STOP DONT CORSE ANOTHER, (VIETEAM,LIBYA,IRAQ & AFGHAN.) PLEASE DO YOU REMMEBER BERUIT 1980S.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
    • Yup

      Here's another moron, hey you gonna speak my language learn to spell it and use proper grammer, schmuck.

      January 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • RAHMAN JAMIN MA OLDPOOPSHOOT

        I hate to say it but it is 'grammar' not 'grammer'. DOH!

        January 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Iranacockuptheirass

      May a 100 camels shit down your throat. Here comes the Bride!!! spread em bitches!

      January 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • mickey1313

      if a crime fighter fights crime, and a fire fighter fights fire, then what does a freedom fighter fight?

      February 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  24. mipolitic

    good the pres has just open the lines of communication with iran , perhaps iran will recieve an answer from the pres inregards to american resolve. there is only one- way to answer one and that is when a multitude shout the answer out in unison.

    the usa, uk, france , mid east partners , many more.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  25. RetiredVet

    We need two carriers in the Persian Gulf so we can keep rescueing Iranian fishing boats.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • Yup

      Ya and when the hell are we sending them the bill for that crap, I mean really, screw them sideways let thier own government rescue them, friggin waste of money yet again.

      January 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  26. General MacArthur: Mama's Boy

    'Cause one's not enough?

    January 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • Blah

      Not to defend, but Before you make a comment like that why don't you try and jump on an irainian blog site and try to speak their language?! If we all spoke the same language, maybe we'd all get along!!!!

      January 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
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