April 9th, 2012
07:27 PM ET

USS Enterprise heads to Persian Gulf

The carrier group is heading to the Gulf and our CNN national security experts note that this is a typical Navy maneuver that happens as carrier groups rotate to new positions around the globe.

This is the final deployment for the Enterprise, which will be inactivated and eventually decommissioned, according to a Navy press release.

This does come at a time that relations with Iran are fraying. We called the Navy today to ask if there is any connection. They did not get back to us right away. If they do, we will update this.

Do you know anything about the mission of the carrier group? Do you have a view on U.S.-Iran relations? Comment below.


Filed under: Iran • Military • U.S. Navy
soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    And cue all the Star Trek jokes!

    April 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jake

    That idiot in the White House is emasculating the US Military.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizen

      U better not be a jarhead

      April 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      We have new carriers entering service that are much easier to maintain and do a better job projecting our military power. Even my friends who have served on the Enterprise concede that it is a well outdated craft with frequent maintenance issues causing disruptions. Love or hate the current president, big E did her job well and needs to get retired.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iluvatar

      U got that right! :-/
      NOBAMA

      April 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doosh-LaRooush

      How so numbnuts? He killed OBL and many other d/bags.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagan

      Wow, are you really that dumb?

      April 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Dunigan

      Lets get real.........The United States of America has not won a war since WW II, and that we did not do alone. Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, and soon to be Afganistan, we lost thousands of American Men and Women and only because the President, the Senate, and Congress wont allow the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States Military to do what they have been trained to do and do well, we worry too much about world opinion to let our Military do what they have been trained to do..... When has Russia, or China worried about world opinion?

      April 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jt_flyer

      Sure he is. Real men fight at least 2 wars a time.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Planetalker

      Can you explain yourself?

      April 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Like getting Bin Laden AND Ghadafi?? Yeah what a "fail". Dbag!

      April 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • rlr1

      The idiots trying for the white house will ruin our country. Ignorance is bliss

      April 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      ha. I'm pretty sure DoD spending is still 6 times greater than any other country.

      You know the enterprise is being replaced by a brand new aircraft carrier right?

      April 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • logan

      no idiot, they do carrier rotations every year, my father was on a carrier for 5 years and did 4 deployments of 6 months each. its normal practice. nothing to do with the whitehouse.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthseeker

      Wake up. Bush isn't in the office any longer.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      There are articles online where they already said they're sending troups to the persian golf, to be more of a force and impact in the area. This is it we are sticking our nose into business that doesn't need our concern again for the countless time's throughout history. Logic in this: is that they wouldn't tell the dam new's that they are going to start a war with Iran to back Irael up. That would give up our motive to creep up on them in an unthreatning manner. This will cause issues with other countries like Russia and China. On that note we owe China most of our debt and if we plan on paying them how can we afford more war campaigns? Im sure the Chinese wan't to come over and ubtain assets from us eventually. Remember American's that they're patient and will attack when least expecting it.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikos

      The carrier group had spent 3 days in he port of Piraeus Greece last week

      April 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. erich2112x

    Not to mention the gross of bottle rockets each seamen gets in case we have to attack.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    CVN-65 USN's Flagship. Escorted by a few Aegis ballistic missile defense destroyers, and Los Angeles class subs. The F-18 hornet has a range of 1100 nautical miles, so that's a 500 mile strike range. Other ships include logistics and electronics radar manipulation. (This is to neutralize the enemies capabilities fight back). This strike group creates a strong radius of influence. ( Best fighting strategy is the hit and run. Emphasise on run, to fight another day). That area of the world is too weak to put up a fight. I'm telling you this because I'm confident that the USA will kick your ASS!

    April 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizen

      Sounds as if you have the confidence of youth. Sure these battle groups project tremendous power, but 20 years ago the USN would not float these large boats in such a small body of water.
      Exactly because their is no place to run.
      It may be a blustery and bad mistake to damn the torpedos in this case.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Citizen, the ships will stay out of range from any Iranian weapons. It looks like the US has finalized what they want to strike. Surveillance in that area has picked up in the last 3 weeks. This is old news by now.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    they say their nukes are for peaceful purposes. they say their missile is to launch a satellite.

    we don't believe them.

    yet, we expect them to believe this is a routine procedure.

    guess it's the best idea to act provocatively.

    of course, they'd probably follow our example, and attack us in countries not their own. are we sure everyone's out of iraq? too bad about afghanistan. we were so close..

    April 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      then, of course, while we are busy in afghanistan, iran, and iraq (yet again), n korea will get tired of that old dmz.. other side of the walls, guys, all the food you can eat. save me some kfc..

      April 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. thedude

    Today Hillary is going over flash cards with Obama so that he will know what a strategic oil route is, where the Straits of Hormuz are, and what an aircraft carrier looks like.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hammer55

    @ Jake: The "Big E" happens to be over 50 years old and has served longer than any carrier in the Navy's history. Perhaps the President (actually, the CNO and SecNav are pushing this) are concerned for the safety of their men. It will be replaced by the Ford. Your ignorance is disturbing.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Maxx

    Word is that our prez has had back-door communications with Iran behind Israel's back. A carrier battle group has traditionally been dispatched to areas of anticipated hostilities as a show of strength which has historically proved to be more or less effective. A point of concern is that the Aegis fleet is being scheduled for decommission. There has not been any publicity about replacements. The Enterprise has been around a long time. Any further retro-fit would be too costly so her final voyage to this spot is an interesting event.

    It could more likely be to show the Russians that we intend to keep our national interests in view and to show the area that we intend to continue to do so. A carrier battle group is still one of the most impressive forces in the world second maybe to the Battleship groups we used to use for show of force. Interesting.

    Good evening.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Romulan

    We'll send 2 Romulan warbirds to intercept.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizen

      "Are you certain this is the neutral zone Mr. Spock?"

      April 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Edward

    Retire the Enterprise? Wow, do I ever feel old now.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greek American

    Yeah because GWB didn't need to use flash cards for anything. That inbred couldn't even talk or snack on peanuts much less without choking on them. Pure hick mentality and brain power.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. vinva

    Yeah, retiring the Enterprise has been in the books for years...they will be bringing one more AC on-line in a few years....go look up AIR craft carriers before commenting...

    April 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mr. Spock

    "Yes Captain. "
    "Fascinating."

    April 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Big E

    "Do you know anything about the mission of the carrier group?"

    This is either one lazy reporter or one really lazy spy. Unfortunately I can neither confirm nor deny any knowledge of the hypothetical operational parameters of an alleged carrier group.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kyle

    I thought the post was bad...but come on, 95% of the public comments on cnn.com are either the most racist, dumbest, and/or the most ignorant statements (to give them a "noun") that I have ever read. Call it hypocritical but people who comment on cnn.com should do one of two things. Jump off a cliff or take Grammar 101.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I agree with you completely...GO NAVY!

      April 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @kyle: and you posted that on a cnn public comment board. about the uss enterprise..

      hmmm

      April 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
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