When the drumbeats of war with Iran start up here at home, a story like this one inevitably appears:
The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
That conjures of an image of the President, huddled over a map of the world, directing his Admirals to “deploy Big-E.” The conflation of the deploying aircraft carrier with rising tensions with Iran makes it seem like the deployment necessarily follows from the tensions.
The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.
I have a feeling they are taking his comments out of context here – we made an identical move as recently as January of this year, and we’ve consistently had between 1 and 2 carriers in the Gulf for years now. Carrier deployment schedules are fixed months if not years in advance – while it’s certainly POSSIBLE for an aircraft carrier to be “surged” to the Gulf in response to a crisis, that quite simply isn’t the case here, as the statement buried in the bottom of the above article shows:
The deployment of a second aircraft carrier is “routine and not specific to any threat,” Cmdr. Derrick-Frost said. She did not say how long the Navy will keep the increased military presence in region.
Huh – the same person who said the deployment was one “of the few times” also said the deployment was “routine.”