A US Navy aircraft carrier was warned by an Iranian Army commander to not enter the Persian Gulf. The aircraft carrier that had left the Persian Gulf during the Iran’s Navy drills was coming back into the region that primarily makes up Iran’s southern border when it received the warning. Reuters broke this story after receiving word that Ataollah Salehi told the IRNA network that Iran would take action against the carrier if it entered Iran’s waters.
The USS John Stennis was leaving through the Strait of Hormuz one week ago after porting in Dubai. According Reuters, the US ships will sail despite the threats from Iran. Salehi was reported in saying “Iran will not repeat its warning. The enemy’s carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf.” Salehi was later reported to say “I advise, recommend and warn them over the return of this carrier to the Persian Gulf because we are not in the habit of warning more than once.”
Commander Bill Speaks wrote to Reuters in an email stating “These are regularly scheduled movements and in accordance with our long-standing commitments to the security and stability of the region and in support of ongoing operations.” He followed this by stating “The U.S. Navy operates under international maritime conventions to maintain a constant state of high vigilance in order to ensure the continued, safe flow of maritime traffic in waterways critical to global commerce.”
The US Naval vessel is based out of the Gulf from Bahrain. There have been as many as 5 aircraft carriers in the region since the beginning of the war in Iraq. This number has been reduced as the amount of American troops has become considerably less over the past year.
This elevated sign of tension comes just one week after drills were implemented to practice shutting down the Strait of Hormuz. A little over 40% of the world’s oil is shipped through the Strait of Hormuz and then to the rest of the world. Although Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, the US has vowed to protect any ships coming through the strait.