Carrier Strike Group 10, headed by the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, sails out of the US Navy base at Norfolk, Virginia Friday, May 21.
On arrival, it will raise the number of US carriers off Iranian shores to two.
Up until now, President Barack Obama kept just one aircraft carrier stationed off the coast of Iran, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Arabian Sea, in pursuit of his policy of diplomatic engagement with Tehran.
For the first time, too, the US force opposite Iran will be joined by a German warship, the frigate FGS Hessen, operating under American command.
It is also the first time that Obama, since taking office 14 months ago, is sending military reinforcements to the Persian Gulf. Our military sources have learned that the USS Truman is just the first element of the new buildup of US resources around Iran. It will take place over the next three months, reaching peak level in late July and early August. By then, the Pentagon plans to have at least 4 or 5 US aircraft carriers visible from Iranian shores.Another four US warships will be making their way to the region to join the USS Truman and its Strike Group. They are the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy and guided missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill, USS Oscar Austin and USS Ross.
Late July, early August the build up of US 'resources' (weapons)will peak?
Readying for an attack on Iran?
Updated to add: 'US to send secret military teams to Iran, other nations'
(this story seems to coincide/corroborate with the story about the Aircraft Carriers etc being sent to Iran)
Top US Commander in Middle East, Gen David H Petraeus, has signed a secret directive ordering that 'Special Operations' troops be sent to countries such as Iran for reconnaissance, a move that may lead to possible strikes against Tehran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.
These military officials would be dispatched to nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa as well as Iran on intelligence gathering assignments, 'The New York Times' reported.
The order permitting reconnaissance could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.
The document appeared to authorise specific operations in Iran, most likely to gather intelligence about the country's nuclear programme or identify dissident groups that might be useful for a future military offensive. ( we know the nuclear weapons program does not exist, so I have bolded what I think is most relevant)
While the previous Bush administration had approved some clandestine military activities, the present directive intended to make such efforts more systematic and long term.
Its goals are to build networks that could "penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy" militant groups, as well as to "prepare the environment" for future attacks by American or local military forces,(Israel?) the document, which was viewed by the paper, said.