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Third US Carrier Strike Group Headed to Iran

Israeli intel site tracks war buildup in Persian Gulf
DEBKAfile: A third US carrier, the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise Strike Group is speeding towards the Persian Gulf

June 21, 2007, 12:17 PM (GMT+02:00)

According to DEBKAfile's military sources, the US naval build-up off the shores of Iran marks rising military tensions in the region, accentuated by last week's Hamas victory which has endowed Iran with a military foothold on Israel's southwestern border.

The USS Enterprise CVN 65-Big E Strike Group, the US Navy's largest air carrier, will join the USS Stennis and the USS Nimitz carriers, building up the largest sea, air, marine concentration the United States has ever deployed opposite Iran. This goes towards making good on the assurances of four carriers US Vice President Dick Cheney offered the Gulf and Middle East nations during his May tour of the region.

The "Big E" leads a strike group consisting of the guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51, USS Stout DDG 55, Forrest Sherman DDG 98 and USS James E. Williams DDG 95, as well as the guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg CG 64, the SS Philadelphia SSN 690 nuclear submarine and the USNS Supply T-AOE 6>

On its decks are the Carrier Air Wing CVW 1, whose pilots fought combat missions in the Gulf and Arabian Sea during 2006. The Air Wing is made up of F/Q-18 Super Hornet strike craft, the Sidewinders Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-86, the 251st Marine Fighter Attack Squadron MFA, and the Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ 137.

The 32nd Sea Control Squadron VS consists of S-3B Vikings. The Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAQ 3 flies E-2C Hawkeye craft. The Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VRC is based on C-2A Greyhounds.

DEBKAfile's military sources report Washington is considering deploying the fourth US carrier for the region in the Red Sea opposite Saudi Arabian western coast to secure the three US carriers in the Gulf from the rear as well as the Gulf of Aqaba and Suez Canal.

^ ^ 22.Jun.2007 00:20

Is this...

reliable information?

if so, then the show-down is drawing very close on the horizon.

maybe a second source--?

is there enough room for all these strike forces in the Persian Gulf? 22.Jun.2007 03:35


well we should find other confirmations of this news too


nobody else 22.Jun.2007 19:22


any more to add?

we're aligning for a nuclear strike and the response on indy media is a resounding silence--?


what's up with that--?

boo! to you , too.

Check out oil prices.......manipulating oil prices 22.Jun.2007 20:26


Every time they deploy a navel fleet oil prices jump.

don't be so damn gullible.

No way we're invading, unless they hit us first. they're not quite that stupid, so we'd have to hit ourselves and blame them. Even then, we'd have to use nuclear weapons to neutralize their vast military.

Oil companies and large corporate defense contractors are the main beneficiaries of these military moves. Dozens of mock military exercises have been held by both Iran and the US. Not just in the Persian gulf, but the Caspian sea as well.

Western corporations hold tens of billions of dollars in contracts with Iran's regime. Shell and Halliburton (they moved HQ to Dubai) are both being investigated as we speak for doing business with Iran. Dozens of other multi national corporations are working on Iran's energy infrastructure.

Even if oil prices increase by a few pennies the oil giants make billions.
Here's the scheme as seen from the middle east devised by Chevron, Exxon, Shell, BP
and Iranian "state" oil:

1. invade Iraq and send oil prices skyrocketing
2. Steal Iraqi oil(almost 1 million barrels a day to be exact) and maintain chaos until we are satisfied.
3. Report largest net profit ever on stock market. year after year.

The only way to extract such profits from oil and gas would be by not paying for your raw materials.
I'm sure Iran and Saudi Arabia are an indirect beneficiary of the theft of Iraq's southern oil wealth.

Who's "we"? 22.Jun.2007 21:52


Are you talking the global elite, the American people, or what?

Thanks to Riza for Some Reason 23.Jun.2007 13:15


Bushco would like to see the oil production area of Iran fall to U.S.-tied "freedom fighters", but that is a different matter than lobbing nukes into Iran.

Google Earth 23.Jun.2007 13:35


How many carrier groups do we have?
Maybe someone can Google Earth and see where the mentioned groups are?