Enterprise: largest US Navy ship to Gulf

The U.S. Navy said April 9, it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its nuclear program. The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise [CVN 65] along the Abraham Lincoln [CVN 72] carrier strike group marks only the fourth time in the past decade that the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating at the same time in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, It is the final deployment for the Enterprise, which is currently with the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation as an ongoing rotation of U.S. Forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the world. The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group consists of about 5,500 sailors and marines. The Enterprise was commissioned in November 1961. The carrier is scheduled to be deactivated this fall. Enterprise is the oldest and largest active combat vessel in the Navy.
April 8, 2012 aboard USS Makin Island LHD-8, Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, The purpose/mission of Makin Island is to embark, deploy, and land elements of a Marine landing force in an Amphibious Assault by helicopters, landing craft, and amphibious vehicles. Now in Fifth Fleet area with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

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