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US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier heads to Persian Gulf

USS Enterprise is the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise has set sail on its final voyage, heading to the Persian Gulf.

The Enterprise left Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia on Sunday on its seven-month mission.

The US oldest active-duty warship will be on standby in case of conflict with Iran, CNN reported.

“Enterprise is as ready and capable as she has ever been throughout her 50 years,” Capt. William C. Hamilton, the ship’s commanding officer, said in a statement.

The carrier, which holds a crew of over 4,000, has taken part in several wars. It will be deployed in the Persian Gulf together with other warships, forming a carrier strike group.

Last month, the Enterprise and its strike group held naval drills off the US East coast. The aircraft carrier is set to join two other US strike groups in the Persian Gulf by March.

The US and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike, based on the allegation that Iran’s nuclear energy program may include a covert military aspect.

Iran has categorically refuted the allegations, saying that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Tehran has promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.


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  • My Plastic Brain

    Why does the sending of an ageing and expendable US nuclear carrier to the Persian Gulf reek of the start of a false-flag operation to ‘incriminate’ Iran?

    If the US deliberately destroyed its own decrepit nuclear carrier in the Persian Gulf, Iran could be blamed for attacking it.

    The inevitable nuclear fallout across the Middle East would provide leverage for the US to generate widespread support, including in Israel, for a USraeli military strike against Iran.

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