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. portland tony

    If I told you what the mission was, I would have to keel you......This is the Big "E"'s last deployment before being decommissioned and sold for scrap.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • works4me

      She won't be sold for scrap... believe that!

      April 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • J Sledge

      works4me, She probably will be sold for scrap 🙁 The navy already said that removing the reactors will essentially destroy the ship. So she wont be a floating museum anywhere,

      April 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from L.A.

      The BIG E will be a museum. Scrapping this legend will be a travesty.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoopla

      They scrapped her predecessor, and that ship was 100x as famous.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • nparks

      Thank you, Portland Tony. Confirmed decommission and will add to post.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • blackbeard79

      Won't be sold for scrap. Civilians would probably freak out if they find out their razor blades used to be part of an operating Reactor Compartment. Cheaper (in terms of political fallout) just to dispose of it.

      April 9, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. R-Tards!

    Mission essential details are subject to Nation Security!

    April 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fredturd

    mind your own business cnn!

    April 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DON


    April 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimmyJoints

      Don't ask , Don't tell.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack Skellington


    April 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 70mm forever

    I so wish they would preserve her. The Big E is one of a kind, only one was built.

    Oh well. She'll make millions of fine razor blades.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. charles bowen

    Jordan Crisis September1970 On Board the USS John F. Kennedy Deployed to Middle East to counter effects of Black September Rebelion and Evacuate embasy Personel from Amman Jordan when its hot, it is hot . If it was me id say two Carrier Groups are allways better than one..... at least they dont have the USSR to contend with and Iran is More paper than tiger ........ Have a nice Day Iran...... Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    April 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Javier

    I am a former USS Enterprise crewmember between 1984-1988. In April 1988, i was part of OPERATION PRAYING MANTIS where USS Enterprise attacked the Iranian navy after Iran mined the Straits of Hormuz. This IS a routine transfer of responsibilty between Enterprise and Lincoln. BigE is due to be de-commisioned Dec1,2012.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • erich2112x

      Not like we're going to change for their narcissistic tendencies. And while we're at it, we can give their spying a–sses a little demonstration of how just one of our carriers could take out their entire navy.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles bowen

      Two Carrier Groups are better than one. They told us that our deployment was routine we were on carrier quals off the Va.Capes when the tankers and supply ships re supplied and refueled the Kennedy and we were Bound for the middle East in approx 12 hrs....I was 15 days from my seperation date and got a 2 Month extension for the good of the service, enjoyed the new scenery .... Who knows what the Pentagon has in mind....Just another Pawn in the big chess game.. Check! Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

      April 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • nparks

      Thank you, Javier, for your service and for your thoughtful response.

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

    There were plans to save her for a museum but after removing the reactors, there wouldn't be much of a ship left. All the upper decks have to be cut away. Sad, she was my last Carrier.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dale

    Capt Kirk is on the way.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. trekkie

    Anybody else sad that this wasn't an article about the starship Enterprise?

    April 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |

    A nuclear exchange with Iran and north Korea is comming just a matter of when

    April 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. navychica

    People, if you do know something about the mission that's not public knowledge, PLEASE do not share it on CNN or any other news sites. Loose lips sink ships!

    April 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • erich2112x

      The mission is rotation....shhhhh. wake the SEALS.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. USA

    Stay safe and thank you for your service.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Serious Hawk

    CNN: seriously, get a grip. If anyone of knowledge of the mission of the Enterprise & company were to open the flood gates by telling CNN what action is pending don't you think it would not only be STUPD but reckless?? oh, come on!! Gosh, I just love the lying Liberal media!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
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