US Aircraft Carrier Heads Towards Persian Gulf After Iran Unveils New Warship

Middle East

Shortly after Iran unveiled a new destroyer, which is believed to have radar-evading stealth properties, electronic capabilities and a flight deck for helicopters, the US accused Tehran of conducting a ballistic missile test in violation of the UN Security Council’s resolution as tensions between the two countries soar.

Just days after Iran launched the Sahand, a stealth destroyer, in the Persian Gulf, Pentagon officials announced that a US aircraft carrier strike group will arrive in the Middle East in a matter of days, The Wall Street Journal reported. The upcoming deployment will end the longest period in two decades that a carrier group was absent from the region.

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The USS John C. Stennis and support vessels will arrive by the week’s end in what the media outlet has described as ‘a show of force against Iran’ at a moment of heightened tensions in the wake of the renewal of anti-Tehran sanction targeting the country’s energy sector.

The Stennis is expected to maintain a presence in the region for some two months to ‘provide a deterrence’ against any potentially hostile Iranian activity in the waters, an unnamed official told the WSJ.

After US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and to re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Iran’s military…

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