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. jacquesdaspy

    The deployment of a Carrier Air Group is always a political statement that people pay attention to. The single carrier has an air force that is larger and more capable than Iran's

    April 10, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. rob2tall

    The big E is a mighty ship-been on her once before in San Francisco on an open house visit-shes a mighty warrior.Probably shes going out in glory-you dont have to be in a war to be a great super power-the big E is a symbol of our might as a nation
    and our determination not to be pushed around by any nation.
    hats off to all who have served and presently serve on her!

    April 10, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. vinni gambini

    They have a peculiar sense of self importance i've never experience in any other peoples.
    They really do believe they're ALL POWERFUL.
    Nothing but a good quick 1-2 in the face, really hard doesn't cure, and then a 3-4 just to make sure they're awake.
    Then comes the 5-6 and cracks 1/2 a dozen ribs and the 7-8 toe tally closes the gate.....for a few seconds.
    If the dude still mumbles something like "what ees wrong my farend, why are you heeeteeeng mee"?....repeat steps 1 thru 8....and say nothing.
    When you hear the words "Okeh-Okeh my farand, you can have what you want- please don't heet me no mau".
    Then you can stop heeeting heeem, and just step on his back to make sure he knows......who's the boss.
    That's all is necessary, no need to be violent at all.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. rob2tall

    as for Iran they probably already have a nuke from USSR that they used to reverse engineer their own bomb

    April 10, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      so the pakistan scientist that gave Iran and North Korea the ability to have nukes told them NO NO to bombs ask russia?

      April 10, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chief

    As a retired chief, I would love to see the Enterprise as a musem like the Midway in San Diego when it's decommission. There's a lot of history in this vessel and to share it with the public is dream not only for those who was station on it but, to the men and women it protected.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • davec.0121

      Saving her as a museum ship would be great. Unfortunately, according to the Navy, they will have to cut up so much of the hull to remove the nuclear reactors that she will be unsalveable and will have to be either sunk or scrapped. I think the Navy should change the name of the next nuclear carrier from the "Gerald R. Ford" to the "Enterprise"

      April 10, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. olepi

    A salute to the Enterprise! Even her last mission is no milk run.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. 4F

    Be nice if this glorious old girl could go out in style by knocking the crap out of Iran.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. bspurloc

    The newer F-35's take off and land vertical so no need for the cable brake or launcher... but still need to store the planes inside.....

    April 10, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • SomeDude

      She does have shuttle bays. As for F35s, The Enterprise possesses shuttle craft. I doubt any aircraft can even them on.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      False, the Navy is not purchasing any STOVL F-35B's. The Navy is purchasing F-35C's which do take off with the catapult and arresting gear system. The Marine Corps is the only branch of the United States military that is going to have the F-35B (the short take off and vertical landing variant) and those will be used on amphibious assault ships, not CVN aircraft carriers.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. SomeDude

    With her phasers, photon torpedos, warp and transporter technology, we should have a good secure foothold in that region. Captain Picard might even be able to negotiate with Iran. Even if Iran tries to attack, our deflector shield technology will be more than enough to repel any nuclear attacks.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. ChrisM

    "Do you know anything about the mission of the carrier group?"
    That is information that is certainly classified. I'm amazed you would even ask.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • OrangeW3dge

      Me too, isn't that called espionage?

      April 10, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. TvNyC

    I personally think WWIII begin that will trigger armageddon.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. TvNyC

    Once the world ends, you will descend into space and will see planet earth getting smaller and smaller.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Ethel the frog

      Enjoy the trip. Oh also, learn how to spell and write. Loser.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philo Beddo

    Thatone ship could dominate the entire middle east.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. TvNyC

    We are human. We make mistakes. God will forgive you and I.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. YOMA

    I smell false flag

    April 10, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
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