Boatjobsonly.com 5-6-19 ~ The United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region in the Middle East “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force” said National Security Advisor John Bolton in a written memo.
This move comes after Iran has been threatning to stop or attack shipping in the region. Last month a top Iranian naval commander threatened to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, in response to the US decision to end sanction waivers on Iranian oil imports. “If we are banned from using it, we will close it,” said Gen. Ali Reza Tangsiri, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s navy, ( a branded terrorist organization) according to the Iran Tasnim news agency.
“It is absolutely the case that we’ve seen escalatory action from the Iranians, and it is equally the case that we will hold the Iranians accountable for attacks on American interests,” he said. “The fact that those actions take place, if they do, by some third-party proxy, whether that’s a Shia militia group or the Houthis or Hezbollah, we will hold the Iranians — Iranian leadership — directly accountable for that.” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln group was deployed in the Mediterranean Sea but had departed for the Persian Gulf. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is the fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in the United States Navy fleet.