For the first time since December 2010, in the Persian Gulf area for two months there will be only one American aircraft carrier, and not two, as usual. This was reported by representatives of the US Navy.
This is due to the technical problems that have arisen on the Nimitz nuclear aircraft carrier, which in January next year was to change the aircraft carrier Dwight Eisenhower, ITAR-TASS reports.
Now the rotation is postponed until the summer. By this time, problems with the Nimitz propulsion system assigned to the Naval Forces base in Bremerton, WA, are expected to be resolved.
It was decided in December to return the “Dwight Eisenhower” to the home station in Norfolk (Virginia), to replace on its deck the cover of the runway and send back to the Persian Gulf zone in February for a period of four months.
In December and January, only one American aircraft carrier, the John Stennis, will remain in the area, although accompanied by other ships.
Announcing their decision, approved by Defense Minister Leon Panetta, the representatives of the Navy made a reservation that it had nothing to do with the latest events in the zone of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or with other emergency situations.
While maintaining the impressive presence of its carrier groups in the Persian Gulf, the United States is also seeking to put additional pressure on Iran.