The Pentagon turned around the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, keeping her and her sailors in the Persian Gulf in response to threats by Iran. Iran has vowed revenge for the January 2020 killing of General Qasem Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike. The turnaround is part of a beefing up of U.S. military forces in the region.
The U.S. Navy has abruptly canceled the return of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz from its station in the Persian Gulf.
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Nimitz, which deployed from her home port in Bremerton, Washington in June 2020, was scheduled to leave the Gulf shortly after New Year’s Day, returning after an unusually long eight-month deployment. The Pentagon is concerned Iran might take revenge for the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, whom U.S. forces killed via drone strike in January 2020.
USS Nimitz in the North Arabian Gulf/Persian Gulf, December 9th, 2020.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Hall/DVIDS
The Pentagon ordered Nimitz home last week following the lengthy deployment, according to U.S. Naval Institute News. (In normal times, carrier deployments typically last about six months.) Over the course of Nimitz’s deployment, the carrier has provided air cover for U.S. troops in Afghanistan; participated in naval exercises with Australia, India, and Japan; and supported the redeployment of U.S. forces out of Somalia to neighboring countries.
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The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group consists of USS Nimitz and embarked Carrier Air Wing 17. The carrier’s escorts include the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton
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