Tag Archives: Persian Gulf

Report: U.S. Shoulders Steep Price to Protect Merchant Ships in Strait Of Hormuz

Report: U.S. Shoulders Steep Price to Protect Merchant Ships in Strait Of Hormuz

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) transits the Strait of Hormuz on May 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy pays a steep price keeping an aircraft carrier with escorts on station to deter attacks on oil tanker traffic operating in and around the Persian Gulf as part of the United States’ “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, according to a new report. The ongoing carrier operations in the region are not only pricey for the U.S. Navy but also creates the potential to disrupt energy markets if a confrontation escalates. Read More

Carrier Lincoln Enters Persian Gulf After 6 Months Nearby; Truman Back At Sea Ahead of Relieving Lincoln

Carrier Lincoln Enters Persian Gulf After 6 Months Nearby; Truman Back At Sea Ahead of Relieving Lincoln

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) transits the Strait of Hormuz as an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter from the Nightdippers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 lifts off from the flight deck on Nov. 19, 2019. US Navy Photo

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) moved into the Persian Gulf for the first time since since it was scrambled to the Middle East in May, even as its replacement, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is back at sea with its air wing in final preparation to deploy after an electrical failure. Read More

Esper: U.S. Will Provide Intel to Allies to Keep Middle East Merchant Ships Safe, Not Warship Escorts

Esper: U.S. Will Provide Intel to Allies to Keep Middle East Merchant Ships Safe, Not Warship Escorts

U.S. Secretary of the Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper speaks to reporters during an on record press gaggle at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. on July 24, 2019. DoD Photo

THE PENTAGON – American forces are willing to provide allies with intelligence on potential maritime threats in the Middle East, but countries will need to bring their own escorts, defense officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Mark Esper Sworn In as Next Defense Secretary

Mark Esper Sworn In as Next Defense Secretary

Mark T. Esper answers questions from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., July 16, 2019. US Army Photo

This post was updated with additional information from the Pentagon.

Army Secretary Mark Esper has been confirmed to serve as the next secretary of defense in a 90-8 vote in the Senate on Tuesday. He was sworn in during an Oval Office ceremony on Tuesday evening. Read More

SECDEF Nominee Esper Commits to High-End Direction for Pentagon

SECDEF Nominee Esper Commits to High-End Direction for Pentagon

U.S. Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper enters the room before his confirmation hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., July 16, 2019. Esper was nominated for Secretary of Defense by President Donald J. Trump on July 15, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

CAPITOL HILL – Maintaining a technological edge, improving the lives of military families and continuing to present potential adversaries with an assured strong U.S. response to hostile acts would be among Secretary of the Army Mark Esper’s priorities if the Senate approves his nomination to lead the Department of Defense.

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Selva Urges More Nations to Help Maintain Middle East Freedom of Navigation

Selva Urges More Nations to Help Maintain Middle East Freedom of Navigation

U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to Military Representatives from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during a dinner in Washington, D.C., on March 13, 2019. DoD Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although the United States has taken on an international responsibility of maintaining freedom of navigation in the world’s sea lanes, “that doesn’t mean it’s a U.S.-only problem” to counter threats to the movement of oil through the Persian Gulf, the nation’s second highest military officer said. Read More

USS Arlington, Patriot Missiles to Join Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in Middle East

USS Arlington, Patriot Missiles to Join Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in Middle East

USS Arlington (LPD-24) transits the Mediterranean Sea on Feb. 1, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with new information on the position of USS Arlington The amphibious warship is currently in 6th Fleet and not currently in 5th Fleet.

The Pentagon is sending amphibious warship USS Arlington (LPD-24) and elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to join the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group as a hedge against Iran, according to a Friday Pentagon statement. Read More

After Two Months, Carrier USS John C. Stennis Returns to Persian Gulf

After Two Months, Carrier USS John C. Stennis Returns to Persian Gulf

An MH-60S Knight Hawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz on Dec. 21, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) entered the Persian Gulf on Friday, returning to the region after spending roughly two months operating in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. Read More