ZeroHedge: 12 American Warships On Way To Red Sea

I’ve seen similar information being posted elsewhere on the web and in the news over time, but  ZeroHedge has the newest on possible Iran strike preparations. From ZeroHedge:

Arabic newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi reports that 12 American warships, among which one aircraft carrier, as well as one Israeli corvette, and possibly a submarine, have crossed the Suez Canal on their way to the Red Sea. Concurrently, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the canal to protect the ships. The passage disrupted traffic into the manmade canal for the “longest time in years.” The immediate destination of the fleet is unknown. According to Global Security, two other carriers are already deployed in the region, with the CVN-73 Washington in the western Pacific as of May 26, and the CVN-69 Eisenhower supporting operation Enduring Freedom as of May 22. It is unclear at first read what the third carrier group may be, but if this news, which was also confirmed by the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz, is correct, then the Debka report about a surge in aircraft activity in the Persian Gulf is well on its way to being confirmed. There has been no update on the three Israeli nuclear-armed subs that are believed to be operating off the coast of Iran currently.

So, is this the build-up to an attack? Not necessarily. From the Daily Press:

December 29, 2009|By Veronica Chufo, Daily Press

NORFOLK — More than 6,000 sailors from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group will ship out Saturday in a regularly scheduled six-month deployment.

The strike group is made up of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul, both home-ported in Norfolk, as well as Commander Carrier Strike Group 8, Carrier Air Wing 7 and Commander Destroyer Squadron. Carrier Air Wing 7 includes strike fighter squadrons VFA-143, VFA-131, VFA-83 and VFA-103; tactical electronics warfare squadron VAQ-140; carrier airborne early warning squadron VAW-121; and helicopter anti-submarine squadron HS-5.

It also includes Mayport, Fla.-based guided missile cruiser USS Hue City and guided-missile destroyers USS Carney and USS Farragut.

Since the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group was deployed in January – according to Wikipedia on January 2, 2010 – it is up for being rotated out in or around June or July 2010, the new Carrier Strike Group seen in the Suez Canal could be its replacement.

The typical Carrier Strike Group consists of six ships, however, the US Navy says:

First, it is important to note that there really is no real definition of a strike group. Strike groups are formed and disestablished on an as-needed basis, and one may be different from another. However, they all are comprised of similar types of ships.

So you would have to know the name or the type of the ships to really be able to guess what they are intended for. I am curious where this is going, but my two rial say it’s a rotation.

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