|Two Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups To Join USS Stennis In Persian Gulf|
|Strait of Hormuz As Seen From Space|
The U.S.S. Carl Vinson has linked up with the Navy’s Fifth Fleet, and is somewhere in the northern Arabian Sea. It’ll replace the U.S.S. John C. Stennis, which recently sailed out of the Strait of Hormuz, the water lane through which 20 % of the world’s oil passes; and which Iran is rattling its saber about closing to protest new sanctions.
|Navy Capt. John Kirby|
“I don’t want to leave anyone with the impression that we’re somehow speeding two carriers over there because we’re concerned with what happened today in Iran,” said Navy Capt. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman. “This is just prudent force posture requirements set by the combatant commander.”
|Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan|
The U.S. military “played no role whatsoever” in Roshan’s killing, Kirby’s fellow Pentagon spokesman, George Little, told reporters Wednesday. Little said that the U.S. sought to “lower the temperature” on tensions with Iran “and we think that things have calmed down a bit in recent days.”
|So, Let The Stand-off Begin|