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. erich2112x

    A Vulcan nerve pinch'll settle this right square. Show em' Spock!

    April 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jerry Archuleta USN Retired

    Carrier task groups rotate every six months unless really needed(Desert Storm) at the time a conflict arises. Count the number of carriers are in the fleet both west coast and east coast that's how many task forces they are for deployment. Since this the USS Enterprise's last deployment before it is decommissioned in either October-November this year. The USS Enterprise before this one was the most decorated ship in the US Navy.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Wait til Cap'n Kirk has the helm.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caosscream

      Can you imagine the U.S. Navy without an Enterprise? Stop naming carriers after politicians. The first ship of the next class should be named Enterprise...CVN 78 should be named the USS Enterprise, not the USS Gerald Ford – our enemies are going to make fun of the names of our aircraft carriers! These are capitol ships, not libraries!

      April 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • blackbeard79

      I wish 6 month deployments were still the norm. Unfortunately, with the SECNAV's plan to have "1.8" carrier battle groups in the gulf at any given time, and Navy manning being slashed dramatically, the 6 month deployments are typically stretched to 8-9 months nowadays. Sailors don't really have a choice in the matter, because with this economy, most of them are just happy to have a job.

      April 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. midogs2

    Oh....ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...................

    April 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nparks

    Camille, why do you say that it's a possible sacrificial vessel for a false flag op?

    April 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. citizen

    Go to work. Haven't worked for years. It's called quitting your job without quitting.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nparks

    Anyone know how often two carrier groups have been in the Persian Gulf at the same time?

    April 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      This will be only the fourth time that we have had two carriers in the Gulf now that the Lincoln is joining Enterprise.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. citizen

    Not very.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. staryder

    "LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF ALL WHO THREATEN IT"

    April 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jetsetter7891

      Word.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. luiz fernandes

    Why don't you bomb Israel? They do have nuclear weapons!

    April 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC in EG

      Israel never held 52 Americans against their will for 444 days. Lest we forget Luiz ! Good luck on your final deployment Enterprise. You have served America well !

      April 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Barry

    Be careful USS Enterprise......you might get attacked by Israeli planes (just like the USS Liberty).

    April 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JTanner

    Everyone already knows the facts. Worlds most decorated air craft carrier. USA oldest aircraft carrier. Last voyage to middle east Sea of Hormez. This ship is so old it has a full blown machine shop to build it's own parts. Ship has 8 reactors which as above post stated correctly would be cost prohibited to remove and make a musuem. So simple math time are you going 2 risk your newest aircraft carrier or use your modified oldest aircraft carrier as a show of force which from what I can see tentions with Iran are at it's boiling point.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Russ

    So "The World's Most Important News Network" is crawling around asking if anybody knows anything? They "called the Navy, but the Navy didn't call back?" Maybe they had the wrong number. What a bunch of jerks.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I know!
      I suppose we're supposed to do their investigative reporting them....

      Why even bother?
      "The USS Enterprise is going to the Persian Gulf.
      The end."

      April 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jerry Archuleta USN Retired

    At one time during Desert Storm there was three carrier task groups in the gulf. They could not put anymore cause of the coalition force that was present at the time number over two hundred ships, we also had four battleships(Missouri, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Iowa) present there as well.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim G

    Wonder how many cat shots the Big-E has made in her lifetime?

    April 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • joey

      we could ask a former xo, turned co, turned civilian !

      April 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. citizen

    @Barry, they can't attack us with planes we sold them. The planes all have secret switches so we can shut them down remotely if we have to.
    We're not that dumb.

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

      NO ..WE R not dumb...but your comment is.....

      April 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
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