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. Captain Kirk

    We spend more on defense then the next 17 countries combined.
    You think China is getting their money back?

    April 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kylos

    It's not the Washington Post but if ten people make 10 comments each that has to be at least 30 comments. You got to start somewhere.

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

    When I was stationed on the Carl Vinson, we used to call the enterprise the mobile chernobyl.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • calypso64

      When I was stationed on USS Enterprise, we used to call the Carl Vinson, an Enterprise wanna-be.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • yooteeayud

      Best I remember, the Enterprise is a NON-NUCLEAR carrier, so it really couldn't be called the Mobile Chernobyl...Just sayin'...

      April 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt Hopman

    Amazing, the USS Enterprise, commissioned from world war II, Battle of Midway, and many other war battles, going back into action in the Persian Gulf. Unbelievable that an aircraft carrier that old is still operational.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Time Bandit

      Hopefully she will find a home after her decomm, would hate to see her end up as razor blades. She deserves to be kept as a museum somewhere.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      @Matt H – this Enterprise is a different ship than the one from WWII

      April 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chas

      Well not the same boat as the wwii Enterprise, but still an old gal nonetheless

      April 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Area51

      Same name different ship

      April 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Douglas

      This is not the same aircraft carrier.....

      April 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skipper

      Wrong ship. 8 ( non- fictional) ships have been named "Enterprise". This one didnt have it's keel laid until 1958.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lioonoil

      Actually it was built in 1961. The first nuclear powered carrier.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • G2

      From Wikipedia:

      USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Enterprise-class aircraft carrier (25 November 1961 – Present), the eighth ship to bear this name, is a unique design, and the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier. It is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2013.

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

      This is not the same USS Enterprise. There have been six ships to carry the name. This particular one was commissioned in 1961.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb14742

      This Enterprise never fought in WWII. That Enterprise was decommissioned shortly after WWII. This ship was commissioned in 1961.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      This isn't the WWII carrier. This is the CVN-65... the first nuclear-powered carrier. While it is quite old in itself, this is not the same vessel you're thinking of.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Javier

      Matt,, sorry to burst your bubble..BUT this Enterprise was built in 1961 brand new......

      April 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      Wrong. The WW2 Enterprise was scrapped after a few failed attempts to keep the most decorated US navy ship ever, preserved. This Enterprise is the first nuclear powered carrier, built in the late 50s. Still very impressive it has been in service for so long.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Patricia Artist

    Obama is on the right page. You idiots who dislike him, remember his predecessor.... the incompetent, alcoholic George Bush!

    April 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    Loose lips sink ships.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jose Montoya

    Their sending a carrier that is scheduled to be decommissioned, part of me thinks this carrier will be a key factor in getting into a war with Iran. I wouldn't be surprised if they fabricated an attack on the Enterprise and force us into another war.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lioonoil

      As soon as I heard it was being deployed there I thought the same thing. Can't be sinking a new ship.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara Dunbar

      I hope not

      April 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terry

    Matt – sorry – wrong Enterprise! Tis is a nuclear powered aircreaft carrier. It was not operatinal udring WWII.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. roke lavr

    At least he flew a plane onto a carrier during mission accomplished. And it was even a nukeular carrier two

    April 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DavidLevinson

    HeII yeah!! Send in Captain Kirk! He'll show Iran who's the man!

    April 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NaziPelosi

    if any of our Nuclear Reactor powered carriers are sunk in the gulf, the disaster that would occur would be ridiculous.. the entire Persian Gulf would be poisoned and destroyed... Go ahead and sink our carrier in the gulf, oh wait.. maybe I dont wanna do that.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JeffinIL

    Good. Capt. Kirk will shoot first and ask questions later. This vexes Spock.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chickman09

    The present Enterprise, CVN-65, was commissioned in 1961. I was a Journalist aboard her from '75 to '78.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Douglas

    Routine deployment is exactly what it is, and anyone that provides information otherwise is violating security. Track the deployments of carriers, and the number of carriers there – this is nothing unusual, but the people at CNN are in need of a story and are trying to make this into something much larger than what it is. The media loves to create a "war." Wars boost ratings. When we start seeing 4 or 5 carriers in the Gulf.....CNN has a truly brewing story.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marde Dallas

    this is not the same Enterprise carrier that fought in the Pacific during WWII. The Enterprise of WWII fame was commissioned in 1938 and was of the yorktown class of fleet carriers, this one was commissioned in 1961 and is of the kitty hawk class. All told there have been 7 or 8 American naval vessels named Enterprise; these 2 happen to be the more storied and the most recent.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
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