Warship US sent to ‘deter’ Iran ‘steers clear’ of Iran

Introduction – Aug 25, 2019

The USS Abraham Lincoln is currently leading a carrier battle group sailing the Arabian Sea. Click to enlarge

Although the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group was deployed to the Persian Gulf in a show of force, it has been keeping a safe distance from Iran’s territorial waters.
Until quite recently a carrier strike group was seen as the ultimate projection of U.S. military power. However, recent advances in missile technology have cast doubt on that assumption.
That’s why the U.S. aircraft carrier strike group has been keeping its distance from Iran’s territorial waters. Because if it gets too close this supposed symbol of U.S. military power will become a sitting duck; where it will become a prize target for Iran’s growing arsenal of missiles.
Sailing to within 200kms of the Iranian coast and its aircraft will also be vulnerable to strikes from Iran’s new Bavar 373 anti-aircraft missile, which has an effective range of 200kms.
While the American ships will be vulnerable to strikes from Iran’s submarine launched anti-ship cruise missiles beyond 200kms.
The Persian Gulf is turning into a potential flash point, as more ships look set to join a growing international flotilla in the region. Ostensibly to police the waters around Iran, Australian and Israeli naval vessels may soon join the flotilla, which currently involves ships from the U.S. and Britain. Ed.

Warship US sent to ‘deter’ Iran ‘steers clear’ of Iran

Press TV – Aug 25, 2019

A large aircraft carrier strike force that the United States sent to the Middle East in May on an accelerated schedule to “deter” Iran has been “steering clear” of the country since arrival, staying as far away as the Arabian Sea for fear of Iranian military strikes in case of a potential conflict.

The dispatch earlier this year of the USS Abraham Lincoln to the Middle East ahead of schedule was meant by the US “to send a clear and unmistakable message” to Iran. And even as Iranian military officials knew the deployment was not extraordinary — the US’s Fifth Fleet is headquartered in Bahrain — it ratcheted up tensions significantly at the time.

Tensions first rose between Iran and the US in May 2018, when US President Donald Trump pulled America out of a multilateral deal with Iran and started attempting to drive Iran’s oil sales presumably to zero.

On May 5, 2019, Trump’s National Security Adviser and known Iran hawk John Bolton said in a statement that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force were being sent to the Middle East “to send a clear and unmistakable message” to Iran. A US official told Reuters at the time that the forces “have been ordered to the region as a deterrence” against Iran.

But the warship has never ventured anywhere near Iranian waters.

Straits of Hormuz. Click to enlarge

The New York Times said in an article on Friday that, since arriving in the region, the USS Abraham Lincoln naval group has avoided both the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, “the crucial oil-tanker highways it is supposed to protect.”

“The 5,600 men and women aboard this nuclear-powered aircraft carrier do not venture near Iranian waters,” it said.

“[T]he Lincoln remains in the North Arabian Sea, and at times more than 600 nautical miles from the Strait of Hormuz. Often, the Lincoln is off the coast of Oman, not far from Muscat,” the article said.

Commanders on board the warship and interviewed by the Times said they was staying far from Iran to avoid an “escalation.” However, a fear of Iranian reprisal in case of a potential confrontation seemed to be the real preoccupation of the American forces on the USS Abraham Lincoln.

To avoid Iranian military forces, the American warship is even prepared to go through much worse weather and sea conditions.

“Trolling the North Arabian Sea, with its huge waves and fierce undertow, fighter pilots on a recent Saturday battled wind gusts to catch the wire as they landed on the pitching carrier. Unlike the far calmer Persian Gulf, the North Arabian Sea at this time of the year is ferocious.”

‘The real thing’

The forces on the USS Abraham Lincoln were cited as saying with an air of confidence that they could still potentially engage in offensive attacks against Iran from where they were positioned. But, when actual combat was reportedly imminent in one instance, they were taken over by fear.

Commander of the Aerospace Division of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Amir Ali Hajizadeh looks at debris from a downed US drone in Tehran on June 21, 2019. Click to enlarge

On June 21, Trump reportedly ordered airstrikes on Iranian targets in reaction to the downing by Iran of an intruding American spy drone. Shortly later, however, the US president reversed course.

Allegedly preparing to conduct the airstrikes, the forces on board the USS Abraham Lincoln were struck by anxiety.

“The ship was prepared to launch strikes on Iranian targets on the ground. Enlisted sailors and officers had rehearsed and drilled countless times, but suddenly this was the real thing,” the Times said.

“You could feel the stress in the younger sailors,” said Captain William Reed, a fighter pilot who commands the ship’s air wing.

‘Relief? Yeah!’

No less a person than the commander of the carrier strike group, a rear admiral, was “relieved” to learn of the order to stand down.

“All the systems were on, all the lights were green, we were waiting for the order,” Rear Adm. Michael E. Boyle said. “And the order didn’t come.”

“Relief? Yeah! Whatever caused us not to have to push the button, we’re happy,” he told the Times.

While Bolton had meant the dispatch to be a message “to Iran to steer clear of American interests in the region[,]… it is the Abraham Lincoln that has steered clear of Iran,” the Times said.

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7 responses to “Warship US sent to ‘deter’ Iran ‘steers clear’ of Iran”

  1. scotlands high suicide rate
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  3. (ROOTERS) – Although the USS Lincoln Continental Carrier Pigeon Group was deployed to the Persian Gulf in a show of force, it has been keeping a safe distance from Iran’s territorial waters and its new weapons of ass destruction.

    Until quite recently, a carrier pigeon group was seen as the ultimate projection of U.S. terrorist power to threaten and intimidate. However, recent advances in missile technology have cast doubt on that assumption. That’s why the U.S. aircraft carrier pigeon group has
    been keeping its distance from Iran’s territorial waters. Because if it gets too close, this supposed symbol of U.S. bully power will become another sitting duck.

    It will become a prize target for Iran’s growing arsenal of anti-duck missiles that work just as well on pigeons, vultures, buzzards, turkeys and chicken hawks, according to horses.

    “The Persian Gulf is turning into a giant duck pond as more fowl looking pirates arrive to form a plotilla to intimidate Iran and infest the waters around Iran. Australian and Israeli naval vassals may soon join the plotilla, which currently involves ships from the U.S. and Britain.” – Eddy.

    Warship US sent to Intimidate Iran ‘steers clear’ of Iran
    Dress TV – Aug 25, 2019

    Rear Admirals on board the warship who were interviewed by the Times said they were staying far from Iran because as Rear Admirals, their function was to admire the action from the rear. They also claimed that their membership in the Chosen Club meant they were too good to die.

    To avoid Iranian military forces, the American pirate ship is even prepared to go through much worse weather and sea conditions.

    Trolling the North Arabian Sea, they got quite a few bites from a Large-Mouth Pike Pompedo, but he managed to break away every time, making huge waves, creating a fierce undertow, generating wind gusts and rocking the boat like a rubber duck in a bathtub.

    The farces on the USS Lincoln Continental were cited as saying with an air of stoic condescension.that they could still potentially, presumably, theoretically, hypothetically, conceivably, metaphorically, engage in offensive attacks against Iran from where they were
    positioned. But, when actual combat was reportedly imminent in one instance, they remembered Plutonymus Maximus and the Genius Bombs supplied to Iran…and they were taken over by intense soul exorcising FEAR…!!!!…!

    On June 21, Trump reportedly ordered terrorist attacks on Iranian targets in reaction to the downing by Iran of an intruding American spy drone. Shortly later, however, the US pretender reversed course.

    Allegedly preparing to conduct the attacks, the terrorists on board the USS Lincoln Continental were struck by anxiety.

    “The ship was prepared to launch bombs on Iranian targets on the ground. Enlisted sailors and mercenaries had rehearsed and drilled countless times, but suddenly this was the real thing,” the Times said. A rear admiral, was “relieved” to learn of the order to stand down and remain in the rear.

    “All the systems were on, all the lights were green, we were waiting for the order,” Rear Adm. Michael E. Boil said. Instead, we heard the following ominous words come through the speakers: “Iran has Plutonymus Maximus Genius Bombs ready to go” and we knew right then that the order wouldn’t come.”

    “Relief? Yeah! Whatever caused us not to have to push the button, we’re happy,” he told the Times.

    While Boltoff had meant the dispatch to be a message “to Iran to steer clear of American terrorists in the region[,]… it is the Abraham Lincoln Continental that has steered clear of Iran,” the Times admitted.

    The Great HMS Pretender
    http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=193784#comment-936326

    Can Plutonymus Maximus Genius Bombs Handle U.S. Terrorists?
    http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=193711#comment-936285

  4. eigel the state of our country with all jobs and homes going to foreign incomers
    is the main reason for the suicides
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    https://alethonews.com/2019/08/25/defend-the-right2boycott/

  5. Iran will certainly not strike first, so if that horrifically over-priced floating shit bucket known as the USS Abraham Lincoln blows up prior to any major strike on Iran, you can bet your inheritance our “special friends” in Israel did it.

  6. Iran will certainly not strike first, so if that horrifically over-priced floating shit bucket known as the USS Abraham Lincoln blows up prior to any major strike on Iran by the U.S., you can bet your inheritance our “special friends” Israel did it.

  7. Iran’s Supreme leader said: “There will be no war and we won’t negotiate!” He said it with absolute certainty as if he knows the secrets of heaven and earth! Then he explained in a speech with great detail why there is no point in negotiating with the US and why there will be no war… he did say that Iran has never initiated any wars, but has strongly entered multiple scenarios in defense.