U.S. sends aircraft carrier back to Gulf to face Iran, Syria

U.S. Naval aircraft are seen parked on the fli...

U.S. Naval aircraft are seen parked on the flight deck of the the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS John C. Stennis, Friday, May 11, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Aug 23, 2012) The U.S. Navy is cutting short home leave for the crew of one of its aircraft carriers and sending them back to the Middle East next week to counter any threat from Iran, according to the official Navy News Service.Defence Se

cretary Leon Panetta told sailors aboard the USS Stennis in their home port of Seattle on Wednesday they were needed back in the Middle East soon, after approving calls from the U.S. Central Command for Stennis to return to the region.”Obviously, Iran is one of those threats,” the U.S. military news service quoted Panetta as saying during a send-off event at a military base on the U.S. West Coast.”Secondly, it is the turmoil in Syria,” he said. “We’re obviously following that closely as well.” The threats started a war of words between Iran and the United States that spooked oil markets, and fears over possible military confrontation remain high.

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