U.S. carrier transits Strait of Hormuz
January 22nd, 2012
08:26 PM ET

U.S. carrier transits Strait of Hormuz

By Adam Levine

This is a case of no news being news. The U.S. Navy sent the recently arrived aircraft carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln into the Persian Gulf on Sunday. The Lincoln was joined by French and British ships.

The crossing of the Strait of Hormuz was without incident, according to a statement from the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

Recently, Iran had threatened the U.S. with retaliation should the Navy send a carrier into the Gulf after the departure of the USS John Stennis.

"USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completed a regular and routine transit of the Strait of Hormuz, Jan. 22, to conduct maritime security operations as scheduled and in support of requirements set by the combatant commander," the statement said.

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.

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.

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    April 3, 2012 at 3:00 am | Reply
  2. Clinton

    Were we supposed to expect an Iranian response... the only reason any of this is even news is some Iranian General spouted off about how they might block the straight and everybody pointed out immediately that Iran doesn't have the capabilities to do it and it would cause a massive disruption to their own economy if they did it... one they can't afford... so this is not suprising... Iran's leadership is grasping at straws hoping to affect the world's leadership and force them to work with them and ease their sanctions... it's not going to happen... I agree with the US policy so far... if you intend to militarize your Nuclear program there will be consequences, unfortunately the only way to punish a regime like this is to sanction it and that ends up hurting the people... who will obviously think more negatively of the US who in reality is only trying to prevent a nuclear arms race in the middle east where everything is so dang volatile in the first place... the last thing they need is an arms race... Unfortunately there aren't that many responsible world leaders... places like Russia could give two sh##'s about Whether or not the Middle East glows for a thousand years... they only look for where they can profit... so we're stuck trying to be the responsible ones and keep psycho's like ahmadenijad from obtaining a weapon of mass destruction... and go figure, we're the evil ones for doing so... whatever... can't make everyone happy....

    January 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • Ahmed_USA

      If you are so fair, why not take Israels nukes away from it as well, they are also as bad as Iran in many ways, routinely killing their unarmed neighbours in Gaza and West Bank.

      January 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  3. justnfree

    Iran's threats are empty. They have been losing wars and nothing but someone else's biatch for 3,000 years. They cant even rescue their own crews from ragged pirates with AKs

    January 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  4. mamoud

    Allah weel kel u all. M438s and our navy will bomb them all away!!!!!

    January 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Reply
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      March 3, 2012 at 1:43 am | Reply
  5. Sayan Majumdar

    @Olde Geek, do refer to nuclear warhead torpedoes, the Russian VA-111 Shkval and USN Mk 45 ASTOR (later replaced by Mk48).

    The blast radius from their nuclear warheads is/was greater than the torpedoes range, ensuring the destruction of both the attacking and target submarines.


    January 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  6. mamoud

    Mamoud iss hear! Glory bee to the grate state off Iran. Stey away all U ameerikan puppeters becuz wee will never let yor stoopid ships go bye without sending them a leetle present. Like a bomb up their behind. Thiss iss wat U need U stopopid ameeikan doggies. Woof Woof!!!

    January 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  7. Sayan Majumdar

    All I can assure you that the Iranians will never send any “speedboats” near USS Abraham Lincoln, as they are bound to capsize if caught by her formidable turbulent wake.


    January 23, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
  8. M4 Skull F_cker

    Nuke em now!

    January 23, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • J.McArthur

      To poison half of the world??! You like massacre, huh?!

      January 23, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • J.McArthur

      So much hatred.

      January 23, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
      • artilleryman155 {c0me get s0me}

        dude there fuckin rag heads they don't deserve to live we have lost enough good men one of our men is equal to there hole country so i saw bomb the fuck out of it and with u there as well if u want to protect the bastards.

        January 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
      • {b00t t0 y0ur chest} mutha fucka

        yo we might as-well kill all of Iran they are the ones behind supplying the bastards with all the shit in the past decade to kill our men so lets nuke em all especially the douche protecting them aka china

        January 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  9. Sayan Majumdar

    Somebody(s) IP address(es) have been "banned" in the forum.

    I am wondering who they are, after all there are quite a few ‘nuts’ misusing freedom of speech in the forums.

    Good job CNN.


    January 23, 2012 at 7:51 am | Reply
    • mamoud

      obviously nott mee dogbreat!!!

      January 23, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
      • Sayan Majumdar

        @mamoud, somebody is obviously pardoned to provide entertainment!


        January 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • mamoud

      Oi yes, my job iss to intertain. Thas all. Mai Allah here yor supposedly "reasoned" wurds.

      January 24, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • Mat

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      March 3, 2012 at 3:14 am | Reply
  10. Sayan Majumdar

    The crossing of Strait of Hormuz by aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72) is entirely symbolic as the carrier will enjoy more operational flexibility operating outside the strait.

    The aforesaid move by United States Navy (USN) is to prove and drive home the fact that the Iranian threat is severely limited only to verbal cautions.


    January 23, 2012 at 7:06 am | Reply
  11. mamoud

    May Allah hav moicy on yor soles

    January 23, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
    • 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 11:08 am | Reply
  12. thatlady

    I hope and pray for the safe passage of the USS Abraham Lincoln, along with the other Naval vessels sailing in the Persian Gulf. My son is assigned to the Lincoln and while reading this article, my sincere wish is that all those aboard return home safely.

    January 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
    • Ricky

      Dont worry, Iran is all talk and no action, the rustbucket Iranian Navy most of which is obsolete could not last beyond a few hours against the US Naval Armada now assembled on Irans front porch.

      What are you gonna do about it now Iran?

      January 23, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
      • mamoud

        Weel, foist of all reekie, wee r going to cum to ameerika and keel u and ur familee becuz that is wat u need rite now. To dye. U r an idiot and u smell reel bad over here in wonderful Iran.by the way rikee, are u a dfag? Becuz here in Iran fags r illegal so I suggest u stay at hiome and buttfuc all yor frindssssss that way. jest stay away from mighty Iran and all will be well. Don'ty be afraid leetle rickeebutt, I wieel; persoally see thaty U are kee;ed well. Guudbyee, scumbag asshole.

        January 23, 2012 at 3:55 am |
      • Olde Geek

        @mamoud nice job of destroying the english language troll. Even Iranians can spell better thatn that.

        January 23, 2012 at 9:29 am |
      • Ahmed_USA

        @ Mamoud with respect to everyone here, all I can say is you seem like an expert in butts and crotch sniffing, but if Iran so much as sneezes at the US Navy right now, you and your pathetic Iranian Navy will learn a new word in your limited english vocabulary, and that word will be........... INCINERATED.
        Definition of INCINERATE

        transitive verb
        : to cause to burn to ashes

        — in·cin·er·a·tion \-ˌsi-nə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

        Examples of INCINERATE

        The waste is incinerated in a large furnace.

        January 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Olde Geek

      May God Bless you and yours. Amen

      January 23, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
      • Olde Geek2

        Stop bringing god into this. Those myths have nothing to do with the subject.

        January 23, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Carlo

      yeah, i got a cousin aboard too and i really wish the same.

      January 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  13. Olde Geek

    They COULD be stupid enough to attack a carrier but by time that attack was stopped, response would be from Missile cruisers and (don't forget) the SECOND carrier. That is NOT in the gulf and sitting as a pretty target.

    January 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • Sayan Majumdar

      @ Olde Geek, Or what if United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) unleashes volleys of Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) from United States Navy (USN) operated Ohio Class nuclear powered ballistic missile armed submarines (SSBN)?



      January 23, 2012 at 7:18 am | Reply
      • Olde Geek

        It's not necessary to swat a fly with a 2 by 4. Only a fly swatter. Immediate response will be tailored to situation. Almost all ships in US Navy carry cruise missiles. No need for STRATEGIC weapons. Iran is not large enough for that response. If they want nukes in response that is how they will do it. By the way are you aware Nuke warheads can be put or torpedoes also?? Less radiation spread that way.

        January 23, 2012 at 9:26 am |
      • Sayan Majumdar

        @Olde Geek, yes I am aware of nuclear warheads mounted on torpedoes, usually for strategic targeting of enemy high value port and harbour installations and in extreme cases targeting hostile submarines in close quarters ensuring destruction of both “hunter and hunted”.


        January 23, 2012 at 10:07 am |
      • Olde Geek

        you need to rethink the hunter and hunted thing that is not the way they work. Red October was close for a movie but......they do have a max/min kill distance

        January 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  14. Bill

    Why the photo? This is not from the transit of the Strait of Hormuz, it is a photo about a week old. You can see the wake of another carrier in the background.

    January 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Reply
    • Olde Geek

      probably wake from guided missile cruiser escort. Carrier task force is multiple ships. They NEVER go anywhere alone(especially in hostile territory). If Iranians make a bad move they WILL be eliminated. You could fill this whole page with a list of defensive armament that it carriers posses. Any attack would be destroyed in seconds.

      January 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
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      March 3, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
  15. mipolitic

    tight quarters if you ask me, new missile from china that can skim at well over mach 2 , the operational control area is going to have to be a good size bubble. feel almost sorry for the idots that try to penetrate the bubble. God Speed and may the winds be favourable to the crews of the uss resolve strike force.

    January 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
    • Eric A Brauch

      I hate preemtiv anything but N.Koria,Iran,Somalia(just for fun)Great Idea.let GOD sort them out.

      January 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Reply


    January 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply


    January 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply

      Please stop picking on us pathetic teabag ging repuglicans!

      January 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
      • JUDGE OF ALL

        But you have it coming, and quite a backlog too.

        January 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
      • Voice of Reason


        January 23, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  18. truth

    The posts here reflect that same ignorance we seen in the past. This regime DOES NOT CARE ABOUT LIFE! They want to bring upon the next mehdi. To do this they must enact a horrific mass murder (i.e. Nuke Israel) for the prophecy to take place. The world must stop toying with the Islamic Regime in Iran and remove them from the face of the earth before it is too late!

    January 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • Real Truth

      You're a dumbass .You warmonger republican Christian .

      January 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
      • Buzzer

        Your retort based on an ASSumption is just about just as ignorant.

        January 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Ahmed_USA

      Well no group in any major religion has a monopoly on stupidity, I say group because religion in of themselves dont create problems, its certain selfish groups of people on any side of any faith that seem more interested in creating havoc rather than peace, we see that in the 12th Imam group in shia Islam, we see that in the southern evangelical groups who want the sacred mosque in Al Quds destroyed so it can usher in the return of Jesus. So there are loons everywhere.

      It is the job of the majority, meaning us to bring sense to them and to hold them back.

      January 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  19. mullah dadullah

    americans talk a lot.not very good in fight.

    January 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • mevsyou

      And you are? hahaha this DUMB mullah is to scared to say what he really means

      January 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
    • Voice of Reason

      Lol oh really? China is barely discovering stealth technology that the US had in the 80's, i'd reevaluate your position

      January 23, 2012 at 12:15 am | Reply
    • 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... We kick the $hit out of IRAK, Taliban, Al Qaeda, and now u Basterds are NEXT!

      January 24, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • Ahmed_USA

        hush young pup, this is not a crusade, this is a lively debate and one that seeks common ground, not nuking the planet where we all perish.

        January 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  20. American Citizen

    Why is everyone so scared of Iran?

    January 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • Sayan Majumdar

      @American Citizen, few (not so) madmen are trying to get their hands on “nuclear button”.


      January 23, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
      • J.McArthur

        Not a supporter of the Iranian regime, however, there has been no claims and no proofs of "some trying to take their hands on nuclear button" – Do you mean nuclear energy? Is Iran the first country on the earth that is enriching uranium? How many countries have Iran attacked in the past 50-100 years?? How many other countries have nuclear bombs? Tell me about their records??! Peaceful I guess!

        This is regardless of the fact that this Iranian regime has to leave by the will of its people, and the western powers can reach that goal (for their own purpose, and to help the Iranian citizens) by aiding the reformists from inside + humanitarian reliefs. What has the point of war ever been FOR THE PEOPLE of either side??

        January 23, 2012 at 10:31 am |
      • Sayan Majumdar

        @J.McArthur, Iran, after signing the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and thereafter violating the agreements multiple times is bound to raise suspicion.

        Combine it with the shady dealings in nuclear “black market” (courtesy Pakistani scientist A.Q.Khan) and irresponsible statements of current Iranian leadership thereby asking for trouble.


        January 23, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • Ahmed_USA

        @Sayan Majumdar, it is a Myth that Iran has not attacked another nation in 300 years, actually it has attacked Israel through its proxies, waged a war against saddam and extended it even when Saddam was ready to relent, they have proxies militia in Afghanistan, and have used Shiaism to foment trouble in many Muslim nations, they continue to rely on bluster and showmanship instead of diplomacy and forebearness, this is a stupid regime in many ways and has misued Iranian pride and converted it into some hideous roadside show.

        January 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  21. asche

    Well no duh. Unless they're ready to depart the earth, good call on their part.....

    January 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  22. keith

    I think the Iranians know that IF they were to be stupid enough to attack a US carrier, that all hell would come down upon them

    January 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
    • Voice of Reason

      Yeah, the US naval base is in Qatar too. we're really just daring them to allow us to blow their fleet out of the water

      January 23, 2012 at 12:16 am | Reply
      • Frame

        KBeau4196 June 22, 2011 I am American and i am not fat, ignorant or bregileelnt. I may not know everything about every other country, but if you think about it, who does? I am not biased and i do not base my thoughts on other countries based on stereotypes.You may think American' accents are stupid, but to me they aren't because i live here. That is just rude i don't think any other accent is stupid.We might have a stereotype about talking with strange accents and texting jargon in speech such as lol', but we certainly do not talk weird relative to our country.You are ignorant- and that is not based on your nationality.

        March 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

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