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. MakesMeLaugh

    Here are the stats on this ship
    Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Virginia
    Ordered: November 15, 1957
    Number of Designers: 915
    Number of Drawings Made: 16,100
    Miles of Blueprints Made: 2,400
    Keel Laid: February 4, 1958
    Launched: September 24, 1960
    Commissioned: November 25, 1961
    Maiden Voyage: January 12, 1962
    Original Cost to Build: $451.3 million

    April 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Li Tai Fang

    Jean-Luc Picard is not the captain yet?

    April 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bulbasaur

      lol 🙂

      April 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. voice of reason

    Thanks Douglas, your intuitive synthesis of the facts has helped calm the situation down.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Barbara Dunbar

    I hope they are using the USS Enterprise as a flagg ship.Shame on you America if you let this happen.

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


      The Enterprise is 51 years old, as far as ships go that is very old. There is no reason to keep a ship in service beyond its useful life due to sentiment.

      When we put the Lexington to rest it was 2 years younger than this ship, and it was a danger to its crew.

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

    If I knew anything about the carrier's mission, this would be the last place I'd talk about it.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greek American

    Spare me your idiotic remarks you POS.*S*T*F*U* and leave if you don't like cnn blogs. Do you understand my grammar a*shole?

    April 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ♚Mmmmm♛

    i say convert it to a another world health hospital...

    April 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael Kern USN Retired

    GO BIG E Make us proud

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

    Just happened that the USS Enterprise as old as it is, with 8 nuclear reactors it is also the fastest in the entire carrier fleet. It is modernized and upgraded over the years and it's as good or better than the newer ones. It is also protected by Aegis cruisers and ballistic submarines. If Iran attempts any attack against it, they will wish they didn't...

    April 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @pete: they don't have to attack the carrier. our troops in afghanistan are much more soft and squishy.. and they don't have aegis cruisers and ballistic missiles..

      April 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Senor Duck

    duh. It would be cheaper to let Iran sink it then bring it back here and decommission it. Then we have a reason to bomb them.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. L Ron LLoyd Blankinstien

    The way we duped China out of money was by cranking up the printing press. Now a trillion is only worth a billion.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. babs

    God bless the men and women on that ship and their families. We should all be praying, or sending out good karma, or thinking positively or whatever it is that you believe in or about that a War with Iran does not break out. Not just for the Americans, but for the people of Iran, their soldiers and their families who will also lose. We all lose.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Looking Glass

    USS Enterprise = False Flag, blow it up and blame Iran. We've known about this for awhile now, please don't do that. It's extremely shady, and not how the "good guys" are supposed to be conducting themselves.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      There going to blow up the Enterprise?..lol Did you take your meds this morning?

      April 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    I hope another ship in the near future will carry the name Enterprise.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Spy Wars

    I recently retired as an Intelligence agent to neutralize situations in the world. Specifically focused on situations in the Middle East. This move is relatively a "flex" our muscle chess move...specifically the "Queen" ... Named after French chess player, Legall de Kermeur, this strategy achieves Mate in 7 Moves.It's a cunning trap- we mention that it can be strategically advantageous to sacrifice your Queen ... You want your opponent to strike first and then you use your modernized fleet to neutralize the situation in 7 moves. In this case, the Iranian regime. Be sure to focus on the relocation of other Naval fleets and regions that they are positioned in the world. You might find this very interesting and odd. Think past the old rugged but update and modernized USS Enterprise and it's relocation to the Persian Gulf. Very soon, there will be a check mate to be had and the US is thinking 7 moves ahead.... We always do.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @spy wars: then why do we keep losing?

      April 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
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