September 24, 2018

USS Enterprise Moves to Strait of Hormuz to Join USS Vinson

According to this Zero Hedge post, Stratfor is reporting that the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) has left the Red Sea to head to the Strait of Hormuz in order to support the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) already positioned in the Persian Gulf area.


USS Enterprise CVN 65

USS Enterprise CVN 65

This aircraft carrier move is to be anticipated, especially as the Obama administration has been making very public announcements about scaling back the U.S. role in the Libya operation to enforce the U.N. mandated no fly zone.

While operations in Libya are ongoing, those operations are more likely to be run from Europe and Mediterranean Sea air bases of coalition partners like Italy, France, or Turkey.

As tensions and protests increase in the Middle East and spread to Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, the movement of the USS Enterprise is probably a reaction to these developments.

The Strait of Hormuz is a strategically important point through which about 20% of the world’s oil supply is transported.

Strait of Hormuz

Strait of Hormuz