May 23, 2007

US Navy show of force in the Gulf

Things that make this just about to be deployed sailor go hmmmm....
BARBARA SURK, Associated Press Writer says
 The U.S. Navy staged its latest show of military force off the Iranian coastline on Wednesday, sending two aircraft carriers and landing ships packed with 17,000 U.S. Marines and sailors to carry out unannounced exercises in the Persian Gulf.

The carrier strike groups led by the USS John C. Stennis and USS Nimitz were joined by the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard and its own strike group, which includes landing ships carrying members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

The Navy said nine U.S. warships passed through the narrow Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday. Merchant ships passing through the busy strait carry two-fifths of the world's oil exports.

Aircraft aboard the three carriers and the Bonhomme Richard were to conduct air training while the ships ran submarine, mine and other exercises.

The maneuvers came just two months after a previous exercise in March when two U.S. carrier groups carried out two days of air and sea maneuvers off the Iranian coast.

Before the arrival of the Bonhomme Richard strike group, the Navy maintained around 20,000 U.S personnel at sea in the Gulf and neighboring waters.

U.S. warships have frequently collided with merchant ships in the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf.

Umm, define frequently? I had not heard this, for a Navy ship to collide with anything is immediate removal of the Skipper....we all know when this happens, they print it in the Navy Times which I read. I had not read anything about a collision in the gulf for a couple of years.

Regardless, it looks like I am going to be quite busy at summer camp this year.  Mr Bob

Cross Posted at the Daily Blogster