Three US Aircraft Carriers Now In The Middle East With Fourth En Route

Tyler Durden's picture

A week ago we reported news that Middle East veteran aircraft carrier CVN-74 Stennis was ending its brief sabbatical prematurely, and far earlier than previously expected, and heading right back into the field, er sea, of action. As Kitsapsun reported, "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." We concluded that shortly, Stennis will be the third carrier accompanying Lincoln and Enterprise. As it turns out, a third carrier was already en route, and as of today, CVN 69 Eisenhower is either at the opening of the Straits of Hormuz, or just past it. That makes 3 aircraft carriers in the middle east, 2 in the Gulf and the Arabian Sea and one just off the coast of Syria. And technically, the LHD 7 Iwo Jima Big Deck Amphibious ship, which is also just off the coast of Iran region, makes three and a half. Which means that a 5th one (rounded up) - Stennis - is coming in 1-2 months. Good luck Iran.

Source: Stratfor

So to recap: Four US aircraft carriers. One big deck amphibious warfare ship. One Iran. WTI well below its 2012 highs even with Bernanke having engaged in yet another flow-boosting Qualitative Easing operation. And One presidential election in 4 months.

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FieldingMellish's picture

One war winds down... sort of...

ZeroSpread's picture

The game's name is Global Chess, my friend. 

Michael's picture
I heard it wasn't Iran who set off the bus bomb today on Israelis. And now this; John Brennan, Man Who Stripped In Front Of TSA, Found Not Guilty

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon man who stripped nude at Portland's airport security to protest what he saw as invasive measures was found not guilty of indecent exposure.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge David Rees ruled Wednesday that Brennan's act was one of protest and therefore, protected speech.

Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Joel Petersen argued that Brennan's strip-down was an act of indecent exposure.

"I was aware of the irony of removing my clothes to protect my privacy," Brennan said from the witness stand on Wednesday.

On April 17, Brennan arrived at the airport intending to take a business trip to San Jose, Calif. He works with groups in Silicon Valley and flies out of Portland International Airport about once a month.

When he reached the gate, he declined to go through the airport's body scanners, instead choosing the alternative metal detector and body pat-down. After the pat-down, Transportation Security Administration officer Steven Van Gordon detected nitrates on the gloves he used to check Brennan.

"For me, time slowed down," Brennan said. "I thought about nitrates and I thought about the Oklahoma City bombing."

Brennan said before his trial that after months of angst every time he went through security, the nitrate detection was the final straw for him, a wordless accusation that he was a terrorist.

So he took off all his clothes.

Tippoo Sultan's picture

"Four US aircraft carriers. One big deck amphibious warfare ship..."

...And no urinals.

RichardP's picture

Yes.  The urals are still in Russia.

Precious's picture

Yippee.  Speech is free.  Healthcare insurance on the other hand will cost you $20000 year.  Thanks Barry.

nmewn's picture

"You have to pass it, to find out whats in it."-Nana

sullymandias's picture

Stennis? I thought he was at Dragonstone preparing an army and navy to attack King's Landing.

Oh regional Indian's picture

The middle east has been carefully constructed, via all the death-dealing tools of so called state-craft, into the other ring of fire.

Or is it, in a dis-armingly disgusting word-play, the Arc of Discontent?

Either way, it's primed. And the number of places where th efuse can be lit? Two hands, 10 fingers would not make the count.

Did you hear that Taiwan "FINALLY" pointed it's first missiles towards China? Phew! I'm sure Hillary is breathing a sigh of relief (or cackling, whatever). And the Young Gun son of Kim Il Sung is FINALLy the Supreme Marshal of North Korea? 

Puppets in place: Check

Gunpoweder dry : check

The fireworks though, they'll begin only after the "harmony" games (another cruel twist of words) in misssile and camera and "secuity" ridden london.

We need a good slice of luck or other something to get by the next 45 days without it all going to Hell in a H.



john39's picture

maybe hell is precisely where (most of) it needs to go...

Spirit Of Truth's picture

Guess what? Looks like hat reported bombing in Damascus that killed three key figures in Bashar Assad's inner circle never actually occurred.  This time, however, the BBC took note and has reported on it:

Jeepers you folk are gullible idiots.  Too bad it will ultimately get us all killed...

Benjamin Glutton's picture

Bulgarian bomber had an American I.D. and looked like a US citizen. Interesting.

merizobeach's picture

"Did you hear that Taiwan "FINALLY" pointed it's first missiles towards China?"

Dude, I know you like metaphors and "word-play", as you put it, but sometimes I don't understand it.  Like just now: in the line I've quoted, what are you talking about?  It is common knowledge that Taiwan's military is rapidly progressively underwhelming in comparison to China's, as you alude to with mention of "Hillary...cackling", but in terms of history, Taiwan has been developing indigenous missile and fighter aircraft systems for decades.  The national defense budget in Taiwan has been sustained above US$10 billion annually--nearly 3% of GDP, ranking about 50th worldwide by that measure; so it can't really be said that they're not making an effort.  There ought to be a hundred and change supersonic anti-carrier missiles deployed in the Taiwanese navy this year, including on their dozen new, speedy stealth cruisers.  That said, of course, to fight is still to lose.  If there is a sudden armed-conflict here, you may be able to look forward to a dramatic decline in posts by merizobeach.  ;-)

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

anyone notice just how much oil these ships burn just...going to get some more oil in the ME? It's kind of like the ticket taker at the parking lot. If they didn't have to pay him, the parking would be free.

merizobeach's picture

Your blog is an example of the price society must pay for enjoying freedom of expression.

To forcibly silence you through censorship would be hypocritical; we are left with only the hope of two golf-clap options: that you may step on a rake and the handle could knock some sense into you, or that someone might nudge you in the direction of an on-coming bus.

I can assure you that, here, the first time I've opened your blog, will also be the last.

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Jena's picture

Do not fold, spindle or mutilate.

HungrySeagull's picture

No reproduction, broadcasting or blogging allowed.

Manthong's picture

No No.. Those carriers still have urinals (you knew that)..

But their pipes clog up a lot because of the tons of dip all the sailors do.

Oh, and how many heartbeats would it take to get the Stennis in theater if they stepped on the gas.. er, nukes.


knukles's picture

Yeah, urinals.

In the name of "equality, justice and fraternity" and some such like shit, the Navy has announced that the "New Generation of Carriers" will not have urinals.

Stop and think about that.
A Bazillion sailors and Marines with no urinals

Every fucking person, male and female, is now going to sit down on a piss soaked commodes.
Like I'm want to do to piss aggravating female golfers off is to use the lady's room, put the seat down, stand on it to piss leaving dirty shoe prints so they'll think it an Asia person did it (we get a lot of them on holidays out here) piss all over the seat, leave it wet and then put it back up.

Makes all the sense in the world.
And we're supposed to be the shining light upon the hill.



hardcleareye's picture

When you are at sea the the boat is healing 30 deg (or god forbid in a destroyer were you are rolling), you are NOT going to be aiming your dick successfully into the urinal.....  All the guys I have sailed with offshore sit to take a piss or the go to the lee side of boat (and hope they don't fall off holding onto their dick)....  a bathroom floor soaked with piss and vomit is really gross......

It ain't about a "ladies room"......

bonderøven-farm ass's picture

Strange thing these modern 'pussified squids' you speak of.  Never in my entire time in the USN have I heard of a 'MAN' sittin' to piss.  

It's clear you haven't seen spent a day on a real vessel......First, it's a SHIP not a fucking 'boat'....Second, ships don't 'heal' they KEEL.  Third, urinals take up less space & provide LESS vertical clearence than a toilet......

Of course, if you'd done anytime on a ship you'd know this.......




knukles's picture

Methinks he's of the sailor ilk off the Hamptons with Lloyd and Jon on weekends, maybe?  Bet they sit.


knukles's picture

I said carrier, son.
Don't heal worth a piss.

DaveyJones's picture

Those carriers are themselves large grey colored urinals flushing (our) democracy cakes and (their) body waste down the four corner pipes of the world  

Oh regional Indian's picture

Strange but accurate portrayal there Davey.

Who's going to be in your locker soon? Curious times...


DaveyJones's picture

gracias, I sorta like the concept of urinal democracy cakes. Maybe we could manufacture them and sell them in all THE OTHER countries. Then, like Mel in History of the World CH1, they could all offer up (or is that down) their critical input. 

TimmyB's picture

Funny, I don't have a urinal in my house, yet I still stand to take a piss.  You don't really need to sit on a toilet to piss, do you?   

HungrySeagull's picture

No one really knows the true top end of these Carriers. Apparently they can go from Zero to omg in less than a minute or two.

But in a 24 hour period, they should cover at least 800 Nautical Miles or more making it very tough for the enemy to find the goddamn carriers.

We are dominant in the arena of high speed machinery.

Randall Cabot's picture

Here's a rapture bunny's take on things:

"The overall engagement strategy here is to entice the American military into pledging huge naval assets in the gulf region. The Straits of Hormuz is the "choke point" for all things challenging to Iran. It is here that the Iranian Navy and Air Force will have their greatest chance to inflict REAL damage on our (perversion embracing) armed forces. This is a real point of smack down for the Muslims to bring utter destruction on the American military, the American armed forces, and the American people (infidel society)."


john39's picture

you have to try to be that stupid.

torak's picture

Obummer and friends turn on the MSM propaganda machine looking for a pre-election "Osama-type" moment?  Watch the news hype in the next two months.  The TOTUS is obviously expecting to win big with the backing of the too-dumb-to-understand voters.

Long Brent and WTI.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Little victories such as this give me some hope that the battle isn't lost yet.  If 12 (or 6, depending on venue) randomly assembled Americans on a jury can protect this person from the MASSIVE GROPE OF ORWELLIANISM, then there's hope yet.


As far as the positioning of such a large number of aircraft carriers and naval ships in the Persian Gulf, it's really impossible to know how to read it. There's a ton of conflicting information and it's not like a buildup of naval forces in times past automatically signalled the onset of a hot war (or hot strike), although this does seem excessive (maybe it's an all out psch ops head fake or to tie Israel up; who knows?).

I doubt hostilities with Iran is going to bode well for Obama's re-election chances, especially given what's now a clearly identifiable negative trend in polling for him which is placing more of the blame then ever for the anemic economy (thanks to Bernank'd markets) at his feet, and especially given that the types of voters that would be satisfied by open hostilities between the U.S. and Iran aren't likely to vote for Obama if he were to literally rip off his face to unveil that he's the 2nd incarnation of Dubya (he actually is, but it's all a very nuanced and complicated novel).

And then there's that one, singular, damning hammerstrike of a deathblow to his re-election odds that just sits out there as an deeply worrying potential;  spiking gas prices.  Americans, even the bleating sheeple that they are, reach their limit and start breaking shit and requesting alternatives whenever gas prices spike (and the prices aren't exactly low as it is).

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Shit.  If Putin's Navy sets sail the Persian Gulf could be renamed the Green Glass Sea.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



These inadvertant double entries suck unless you're Barney on a honeymoon.

Spastica Rex's picture

Barney? Like the purple Dinosaur, or Fred's buddy?

knukles's picture

Policeman: Is that women's underwear you've got on?
Fred:  No it's my underwear.

nmewn's picture

Policeman: Where did you buy it?

Fred: Why, Freddie Fannies Boutique & Exotica of courth fella.

Jena's picture

Policeman:  I'm just glad you're wearing some.

Dr. Engali's picture

You are leaving the false flag out of the equation. The American people will buy into it like a fat man on a ham sandwich. They will be rallying around Obummer and screaming for blood.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Strangely, but war is almost always good news for US Presidents seeking reelection