September 18, 2021

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

Minimal Role For Navy in Libya No-Fly-Zone

As the fight rages on between rebels and Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, NATO and allies are discussing possible plans for implementing a no-fly-zone in Libya.

Libya No Fly Zone

The US Navy will likely play a very minimal role in any potential Libya no-fly-zone.

While details are still being discussed and nothing has been agreed, and a no-fly-zone is not immediately imminent according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, it is clear that there will be a minimal role for the US Navy in effecting any potential Libya no-fly-zone.

According to the Navy Times, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise is in the Red Sea, which is just a day’s sail away from the Mediterranean, will not be repositioned as part of a possible no-fly-zone according to top Navy officials.