Third US Aircraft Carrier Returning Unexpectedly To Mideast Ahead Of Schedule

Tyler Durden's picture

The last time the US navy sent three aircraft carriers into the Arabian Sea/Persian Gulf was just a few short weeks before WTI broke above $110, and aggressive military tensions, coupled with concerns of an imminent invasion of Iran by Israel and/or 'others', were running  high. Then summer arrived, as did the need to lower the price of gas and crude ahead of a veritable cornucopia of central banks easing into June and July, not to mention the need to keep gas as low as possible into the July 4th holiday. Now that the peak summer months are behind us this is all changing, and 4 months ahead of the presidential election, the need to have the "Wag the Dog" put option to round up the troops, not to mention votes, has arrived, as has the need to return to an outright aggressive military stance where Iran is concerned. Which is why we were not very surprised to learn that that Middle East veteran aircraft carrier, the CVN-74 Stennis, is going right back into Mordor, a few short months after it came back from its long stint in the Fifth Fleet, and will shortly complete the trio of aircraft carriers stationed within miles of Iran.

From Kitsapsun:

"Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis is returning to the Middle East much sooner than expected. The Navy hasn't officially announced the new deployment plan for the Stennis, said spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Zach Harrell." The ship came home to Naval Base Kitsap on March 2 after seven months of launching planes into Iraq and Afghanistan. Generally, it wouldn't go back to the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility for four to five years, after a deployment to the Western Pacific and a maintenance period. But with Iran making threats, crew members learned Saturday they'll be leaving again in late August for eight months."

Oh, it is Iran making threats? We get it. Just like Syria is making threats to Turkey after the country "aggressively" took down a Turkish jet which was amicably flying over Syrian territory.

At least with the Stennis back, the US public can sleep soundly because Iran will not feel at all threatened with not two but three carriers, not to mention however many supporting ships:

Two U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups — USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Enterprise — are now in the Middle East. The Navy has doubled the number of minesweepers in the region, to eight, and moved a converted amphibious transport and docking ship, the USS Ponce, into the Persian Gulf to serve as a floating staging base for military operations or humanitarian assistance. Its first job will be as a hub for mine-clearing, according to Pentagon officials.

At least unlike the the Enterprise, which is currently on its final lifetime assignment for some reason in the Persian Gulf, the Stennis at least is veteran when it comes to all matters Middle Eastern.

The Stennis is familiar with Iranian threats. During its last deployment, which ran from August 2011 to March 2012, it exited the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz. The chief of Iran's military was quoted as telling "the American warship that passed through the Strait of Hormuz and went to the Gulf of Oman not to return to the Persian Gulf." The Stennis just went about its business, launching planes to help troops in Afghanistan, though family and friends back home were worried by the news coverage.


U.S. officials said the ships were in international waters, and they won't tolerate any effort by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which one-sixth of the world's oil is transported.


During its last deployment, the Stennis air wing conducted 13,389 sorties in support of troops in both wars, and rescued Iranian cargo ship sailors from pirates.

Finally, for those curious where US naval interest lie, here is the latest naval update map courtesy of Stratfor:

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i-dog's picture

It's just Hillary showing off!

Precious's picture

Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it."  - Joseph Heller

Manthong's picture

+1 on the headline..

and as expected, I am shocked.

Ratscam's picture

Russia, China, Iran and Syria launch massive joint military exercise to defend mid-east. I hope John Batchelor is wrong or that the US will stop it's imperialistic behavior. Then again, might just be another "wag the dog" story.

knukles's picture

I cannot help wondering if this has anything to do with penis size and elections.

gtb's picture

Are you saying we have a big dick (head) for president?  You're right.

Precious's picture

The Legalist philosophers of China emphasized the primacy of the state over individual autonomy. The lone individual had no legitimate civil rights and any personal freedom had to strengthen the ruler. Fundamentally, the Legalists viewed the plebeian (common people of lower class) and their actions as evil and foolish. However, Legalism allowed the common people to gain in rank if they performed well. For example, soldiers would gain in rank according to the number of heads the soldiers collected. 

Betty Swallsack's picture

It is also 'convenient' timing for the soon-to-be-decommissioned, nuclear powered Enterpirse.  Decommissioning is so expensive and there are far too many environmental procedures to follow.  So, why not false flag the sucker, thereby sinking the expensive decommissioning problem to the bottom of some other country's waterway, far, far away?  Then, it could be blamed on Iran.  Perfect.  Now Israel's nuclear by-product profits in medical isotopes will be protected after the US is sent in, by Israel, to attack Iran.  After all, the only threat to Israel, by Iran, is to Israel's own, and UNINSPECTED nuclear program.  Israel wants to keep a hold on the market.  They can't have or allow Iran step in and take away that market share in the radio isotopes, and other/related nuclear power by-products biz.

I wonder how this violates article 4 of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty when one country [the US], that is signatory to that treaty, aids another that is not [Israel], but threatens, almost daily, another country that is also signatory to that treaty [Iran].

Because the US and Iran are signatory to that treaty, it's the obligation of the US and other nations, as signing members, to help the others in developing their nuclear programs.  Also, if the US did honour the treaty, there would be little to no mystery surrounding the nuclear program.  There is no mystery anyway.  It's known through inspections, but demonizing Iran and dishonouring the treaty makes for great fodder for the bingo callers on the disinfo channels every weekday at 6pm, doesn't it?

quintago's picture

You idealists crack me up!

Red Heeler's picture

I suspect you showed up here cracked.

Peter Pan's picture

Perhaps the carrier is headed to Iran for refuelling.

Jokes aside, I can understand the posturing and manouvering going on but the USA needs to temper its chest beating because since WWII all these wars achieved nothing but death, defcits and more enemies.

mick_richfield's picture


all these wars achieved nothing but death, deficits and more enemies.

B-but -- that's what they were meant to achieve!

battle axe's picture

Great, and  how much is this now costing? print print print.

bob_dabolina's picture

Hillary needs to show everyone how big her dick is

caconhma's picture

The analyst added that up to 50 percent of Israeli youth are refusing military service of which ‘ultra-orthodox’ Jews are already exempt.

“In an interview with a former US military attaché to Israel, I was told that only a few units of the Israeli army are ‘first-rate’ with the rest much less capable,” Duff added.

He argued that due to its fear of Iran, Israel may resort to any machination to get other countries engaged in a war on Iran.

“Israel is likely to try to precipitate a war on Iran by staging an attack on the US, its forces in the Persian Gulf region or on a European NATO target, most likely the London Olympics…. There has been highly credible information that an attack on the Olympics is planned,” he said.

After attacking the US ships in the Persian Gulf or the London Olympics, Duff added, Israel will use its powerful lobby in the US and international media to blame Iran for what had happened.

“With world economies on the edge of general collapse, any major conflict, particularly one that could draw in China or, worse still, present the United States in the role of aggressor and Israeli military surrogate again, would be historically unsustainable.” the analyst concluded.

Seorse Gorog from that Quantum Entanglement Fund. alright_.-'s picture

As long as it's after the 100m finals. Stratford's a shithole anyway.

Sgt. Oddball's picture

Certainly we can trust our ally Israel to not do something so foolish such as attack one of our ships and try to blame it on one of their potential targets.

fnordfnordfnord's picture

Inb4 "Iranian sponsored" terr'ism incident in 5...4...3...

Pairadimes's picture

Almost time to wag the dog.

pods's picture

Well that $400 per gallon green fuel is not going to burn itself?

Gotta stimulate GDP somehow.


Tirpitz's picture

Don't they spend another 400 buck a bucket to fly it into Afghanistan? If they had to succumb to the forces of a market...

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Fly an aircraft carrier into Afghanistan?  Brilliant!!!!

mick_richfield's picture

Look, you've got to admit that it would impress the mujaheddin.  All the tribal elders would agree that the Russians never did anything like that.

torak's picture

.....and in 3, 2, 1 -- Game ON!

tarsubil's picture

The map is just data not analysis. Analysis and thinking is where Stratfor has trouble.

Shitters_Full's picture

"The map is just data not analysis. Analysis and thinking is where Stratfor has trouble."

And with IT security.

barkingbill's picture

mordor however is on wallstreet, not in the middle east. tolkein got that one wrong....

WilliamShatner's picture

Warp speed ahead to WW3?

Taint Boil's picture



I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.


Albert Einstein

barkingbill's picture

one bank to rule them all!

ptoemmes's picture

4 to 5 years is not "ahead of schedule". It's "PONDEROUSLY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE"!

walküre's picture

Just ponder for a minute the amount of steel that's floating around constantly. The amount of fuel that these vessels consume and the infrastructure in place to maintain its crews.

All that is paid for with a currency backed by oil and fraud from Wall Street. Those two are the single biggest contributors to the budget that pays for the protection.

And Americans still wondering why the world is disgusted by us?

Tirpitz's picture

On TV they explained that we'd be the good guys, doing all the bombings for humanitarian purposes.

i-dog's picture

It is indeed fortunate that we have the TV to explain these things to us! Otherwise, we might be led to mistakenly conclude that they're ... SPENDING MONEY THAT THEY DON'T HAVE!!!

walküre's picture

Europe is unravelling before our very eyes. Even the most ignorant to world and economic affairs are starting to wonder "where money comes from". They're asking, why can't Greece just keep going as they always have? And now Spain and Italy are having problems? How come these problems cannot be "fixed" with more money?

Germany's resistance to fund the "fix" is making it quite obious that at the end of the day, money is not growing on trees or the Germans would surely have planted a few of those in their backyards.

The longer the mirage of synthetic wealth continues, the more obvious it becomes to all that wealth just doesn't exist. It's all smoke and mirrors guaranteed with a bunch of promises on paper, based on very creative accounting but in the end no increase in yield.

That rubber is meeting the road now and it will come to a full screeching stop when the ponzi ends.

torak's picture

"All that is paid for with a currency backed by oil and fraud from Wall Street."

Hence, the reason to invade Iran (on whatever pretense). 

knightowl77's picture

But but but....Obummer has a Nobel Peace Prize so surely this ok with the world???? /sarc

barkingbill's picture

Three Banks for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Bank to rule them all, One Bank to find them,
One Bank to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

SeverinSlade's picture


War with Iran/Syria highly probable as we approach yet another debt ceiling breach (which will occur prior to the November election). Wag the dog/false flag event to make the debt ceiling breach (and the subsequent downgrade of US sovereign credit rating) patriotic and a matter of national security.
Tirpitz's picture

War is always a matter of national security. And even more so a way to secure campaign financing...

caconhma's picture

"War with Iran/Syria highly probable ".

I don't think so. If it was a case, the USA and Israeli would have started a war, at least in Syria, a long time ago. Let us make a step back and review America military capabilities in the last 10 years:

- In Iraq, from 8 Iraqis armies, 6 did not fight at all since their military commanders where bought out and the other 2 where deserted seeing that they were betrayed. There was not much of fighting going on. The, Iraq’s occupation broke American economy and allowed China and Russia plenty of time to substantially recover and/or develop  their economies and military capabilities.

- Afghanistan was “easy in and a nightmare to stay”. Any agreements Hillary has signed with the present Afghan puppets are totally useless since as soon as NATO is out the Taliban will be in.

- The Libya’s NATO intervention lasted a long time until NATO introduced its ground forces and bribed most of Qaddafi’s military establishment. Furthermore, instead of fighting a war, Qaddafi was spending too much time talking by phone to his “friends” Berlusconi and Sarkozy about a “negotiable solution” instead of hitting NATO home bases and its own civilian centers. One more thing, 5-million Libya did not have a regular army. Qaddafi and his female bodyguards were fucking clowns.

Now let us look at Iraq:

-      Iran has a 1 million regular army and 10 millions in the reserve. It does not look like Iranian army was bought out.

-      An Iranian occupation will require at least a 1-million++ strong ground army. Then, who will provide Home Security here in America if things will go out of hands?

-      Iranian mountain landscape is making ground operations in Iran close to impossible. Just look at the Russia endless war in 1-million Chechnya. Iran is close to 75M

-      If Iranian Ayatollahs are ready to fight back hitting hard American/NATO/Israel targets and population centers then it will escalate into a big war the West is not about able to afford.

Finally, are all these Zionist gangsters ready to die in an all out WWIII? After all, there will not be any places to hide and survive!


SeverinSlade's picture

All valid points.  You forget, however, that our government has said out in the open before how they wanted a false flag to justify a war with Iran.  Also unlike last year's debt ceiling breach, this year we have a Presidential election.  If the Rothschild Zionists want Romney to win, then war isn't required as Obama continues to dig his own grave.  The economy is sinking, the Fed's hands are tied (as massive LSAP without a redux of 2008/2009 will make Bernanke appear to be playing politics and will thus no longer appear to be an "independent governmental agency"), Obamacare is unpopular, TOTUS has shown that he has no regard for his oath of office (with measures like NDAA signed into law, executive orders granting himself full control over the entire nation's resources including labor),..But I suspect that Romney is playing the same role as Kerry did to W Bush.  Romney is the same as Obama on all important issues,  He's pledged to repeal Obamacare (which even if elected we know he won't).  If the choice comes down to the lesser of two evils, who would the masses vote for if war was on the table?  A "regular joe" fighting for the low/middle class or a very cold, awkward, rich dude that walked from Wall Street to the Governor? 

I think people are giving the central planners too much credit.  They have amazed us so far with their ability to kick the can down the road, but the road is at its end.  The Chinese (and thus, the rest of the world) are distancing themselves from the USD (and all fiat currencies) by furiously buying physical gold.  The Euro will implode unless a Federal European superstate is created (which will happen if we have a bigger and badder version of the most recent financial crisis).  Domestic agencies like DHS and FEMA are gearing up for something big (millions of rounds of hollow-points, bullet proof checkpoints, trucks that look like tanks).  And don't even get me started on the media.  Take a look at music videos, movies, commercials, etc. ALL OF WHICH are now showing images of a police state crack down as if it were normal.  Is all this happening just so we can kick the can a few more years? I don't think so. 

It all depends on what TPTB want.  If they're not ready quite yet, Romney will win and war will be postponed.  But based on all of the news that comes out daily, I don't think they're planning on waiting much longer.

Iran won't be an easy war, that's for damn sure.  But I don't think Iran will be a typical military assault.  TPTB's goal isn't to topple a puppet that is no longer loyal.  Their goal is total annihilation.  The US is the power arm of the NWO.  We're already in the middle of a currency and trade war.  Next comes the real thing.

Stay tuned.  We shall see.

rufusbird's picture

calconhma: Dude! your pretty informed. Please post more and provide links and references. Sounds like info worth looking into...thanks

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

first. iran has 10 milions reservist? yeh tell me how you feed them when you will not even have enough food to give to the 1 miliions regulars


second. i dont get how 1 milion army in Iran will lower homeland security as USA military is like 5 milion man.


third. Iran mountain landscape? do planes have problem in bombing on mountain? as a swiss i would say no.


forth. west is not able to afford? you're speaking about markets and economy right? look mate we're not even close to be in a "war economy".


so for me your points are really invalid.