Skip to comments.Third US carrier, 4,000 Marines Augment US Armada Opposite Iran
Posted on 06/28/2010 4:13:17 PM PDT by lbryce
debkafile's military sources report that Washington has posted a third carrier opposite Iran's shores. It is supported by amphibious assault ships and up to 4,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel, bringing the total US strength in these waters to three carriers and 10,000 combat personnel.
The USS Nassau (LHA-4) Amphibious Ready Group 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, tasked with supporting the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet area of operations, is cruising around the Bab al-Mandeb Straits where the Gulf of Aden flows into the Red Sea. Its presence there accounts for Tehran announcing Sunday, June 27 that its "aid ship for Gaza" had been called off, for fear an American military boarding party would intercept the vessel and search it.
This would be permissible under the latest UN sanctions punishing the Islamic Republic for its nuclear program.
The third US carrier group to reach waters around Iran consists of three vessels:
1. The USS Nassau Amphibious Assault ship is not just an enormous landing craft for the 3,000 Marines aboard; its decks carry 6 vertical take-off AV-HB Harrier attack plans; four AH-1W Super Cobra, twelve CH-46 Sea Knight and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters, as well choppers convertible to fast V-22 Osprey airplanes capable of landing in any conditions.
This vast warship has 1,400 cabinets for sleeping the entire Marine-24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard.
2. The amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde which carries 800 Marines equipped for instantaneous landing.
3. The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland which carries 400 Marines and 102 commandos trained for special operations behind enemy lines.
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Hopefully, a righteous and severe ass-kicking.
To ensure that Israel doesn’t attack Iran? I just can’t see bammy defending any of our good allies.
“prelude to what?”
Most likely an Obama apology.
To be righteous would require nothing less than being severe.
They make this claim every turnover.
Every 4 months or so.
The numbers and positions are not even close.
It is my belief that they do this to jack-up oil prices.
So what? Since when did the American military have a problem with aid? Unless of course...
I doubt the 4,000 Marines. The 24th MEU only has 2,200 Marines. The rest must be the Navy.
These are not conventional carriers. They are used to support amphibious operations. A few Harrier jets do not make an aircraft carrier in the conventional sense.
So are you saying that the US naval build-up in the gulf region opposite Iran is not militarily legitimate having been deployed by Washington, and by inference the CIC, merely to influence the price of oil?
You have an interesting take on the news, I must say.
“Amphibious Warfare Ships:
USS Nassau (LHA 4) - visit Port Victoria”
I thought Port Victoria was in Texas!!!...;0)
The fact these Groups are not in the Persian Gulf, but outside in the Arabian Sea, lends credence to the potential for SOMETHING.
Of course, with hot-racking they COULD pump that up some...but sheesh, talk about LOUSY living conditions.
When I was on LHA-1 (Tarawa) the Marines were spending all their waking time in the chow line:)
Debka hyping again......
This doesn’t pass the smell test. We don’t need amphibious access to Iran. With MUCH less noticeable buildup, we could have a LOT more men and hardware across Iran’s borders with Iraq and Afghanistan.
I have been deployed there repeatedly in my 22 years in the USN. The TWO carriers are doing routine scheduled turnover. We do not gap the carriers in the IO.
The gators are also standard mix and standard scheduled turnover for the ESG/MEU that is CENTCOM’s reserve. The big deck gator is not a carrier capable of significant strikes on Iran.
Every time there is a carrier turnover for the last 6 years, there is a press claim that we are about to strike. Debeka always makes this claim. So do the Russian and Iranian press. And oil prices go up.
This is BS propaganda to prop up the oil prices which are looking to slide down again. The source is oil exporting countries. When you see 4 CVNs in the IO, and the PG empties out of all major USN units, then you can cry wolf.
This is normal levels of activity, not a build-up. It is normal for there to be a CVBG and an ESG in the IO. It is normal for them to turnover every 4-6 months. Been there and done that many times...
probably there to protect Iran from the evil Jews...ya know how ombama is!
Maybe a prelude to interfere with Israel.The Obafactor cannot be ignored because we are no longer an ally of Israel’s.
THX. WILL CHECK IT OUT.
Maybe Obama is setting them up as bait. Might explain e recent shift in commanders nearby.
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Like you I do not trust Barry Soetoro one bit. Look at what happened with Clinton and his Somalia fiasco.
This is DEBka...
No trust in the source.
Taking into consideration “USN(Ret)” not merely as your FR ‘user name’ but emphatically as credentials to legitimately know what you’re talking about, I humbly defer to your naval background/experience and stand corrected.
from Debka. Thanks hennie pennie.
But still, introductions are in order. Old town? Hot time. Hot time? Old town.
Barry's approval rating hitting about 40%
This is typically when Democrat presidents launch wars.
I suspect our forces are not preparing to attack.
Instead, I think they are “bait” to lure Ahmanutjob into attacking. Or possibly to keep his head down while Israel launches attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
You think Iran takes Obambi’s muscle-flexing seriously? It is in place to “reassure” the Israelis that America has it’s eye on Iran but to what avail? Would a Nobel Prize winning President launch an attack on Iran? Not going to happen. MAYBE Israel will attack and then the US will hit them AFTER 80,000 missiles hit Tel Aviv...
4'th of July fleet barbecue.
The positioning can also support activity in Afghanistan.
Well, my guess is that the Israelis are now expecting a two-prong attack against them instead of just a single-prong attack from Iran.
The Iranians will be in for a big surprise when the tunnel boring machines appear under them!
OMG...To all those stationed in Diego Garcia...buy up all the beer and hoard all the good stuff before "they" arrive...
buy up all the beer and hoard all the good stuff before “they” arrive...
“This is typically when Democrat presidents launch wars.”
In the most sick kind of way, wars typically spur economies and put the unemployed back to work.
They also make lots of money for the globalist oligarchy.
Truman Carrier Strike Group Relieves Eisenhower
USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs ^ | 6/28/2010 | Navy.mil
Thank you, sir, for the “heads-up”.
you’re right ... best sign of action is the USN scats the Persian Gulf ... except for the 688s, of course ..
Too shallow for the 688s. No room to manuver.
Some of the DDGs and FFs will stay in to work with the GCC navies but that is all. The birdfarms will be at Gonzo. It will look like 1987-88 except the CVN count will be 4 on Gonzo Station. 2 does not hack it...
Note: This turnover is off the Pakistani coast. It is offensive season in Afghanistan and the carrier is providing air support.
So you’re thinking this is just a saber rattling ruse?
I think it is normal operations being potrayed by propagandists as sabre rattling.
This is not new, it happens every 4-6 months.
When you see 4 CVNs in the IO, then we are doing something.
Ignore the big-deck gator, its aircraft do not have the range...
thanks ! x 2
Turnover complete and Eisenhower in Med heading for the barn.
Right on schedule.
There is always a spin-up when a CVN is inbound to relieve, but never a follow-up mention when the relieved CVN heads for home.
Looks like you were right.