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The ship had been sent to the region at the beginning of May to give a “clear and unequivocal message” to Tehran and is now 1,500 kilometers from the Strait of Hormuz, which the Persian regime threatens to block amid an escalation of tensions without precedents with Washington.
The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) nuclear powered aircraft carrier arrived in the Arabian Sea and is in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, gateway to the Persian Gulf, two weeks after National Security Adviser John Bolton announced his deployment in a “clear and unambiguous message” to Iran.
The Nimitz-class vessel, with a displacement of more than 100,000 tons, more than 60 aircraft on board and a crew of almost 6,000 people , was located on Thursday in the Arabian Sea and off the coast of Oman by the site specialized in Defense Stratfor, that is, at an estimated distance of 1,500 and 2,000 kilometers from Hormuz, which Iran recently threatened to block.
On Monday another specialized portal, Southfront , had located it in the Red Sea, between the coasts of Yemen and Eritrea.
This is consistent with the recent course of the ship, which was in the Mediterranean Sea carrying out an exercise the Italian Navy when Bolton made the announcement of its deployment in the first days of May.
The decision , framed in a long conflict between Washington and Tehran that deepened last year with the departure of the nuclear agreement ordered by President Donald Trump , was justified by the White House for the existence of intelligence reports that indicated the intentions of Iran to use their militias and troops in the region to attack the interests of Washington and its allies.
In response, Iran threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz and boasted of considering the aircraft carrier more as a target than as a threat.
This week tensions continued to increase, after four oil tankers were sabotaged in the Persian Gulf and two Saudi Arabian pumping stations were attacked by the Houthi rebels in Yemen, supported by Iran.
On Wednesday, the United States even ordered the withdrawal of non-essential personnel from its bases and diplomatic offices in neighboring Iraq because of the danger of an armed conflict or outbreak of violence.
At the moment it is believed that Abraham Lincoln will soon arrive in the Persian Gulf, where the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) is already operating, also destined to the region as a demonstration of strength in the face of the recent escalation of tensions with Iran.
The Abrahm Lincoln is a nuclear powered aircraft carrier of the Nimitz class built in the 1980s and entered into service in 1989, with operations base in Norfolk, Virginia. It is one of eleven ships of this type, designed to project power throughout the world through its immense firepower, which remain active in the United States Navy : ten of the Nimitz class and one of the most modern Gerald class. R. Ford.
According to official data from the US Navy, the Abraham Lincoln has a displacement of about 97,000 tons, although it is believed that could reach in certain circumstances to 104,000 , and has a crew of about 3,200 sailors and some 2,400 troops and pilots for the complement aerial.
In this regard, it can transport more than 60 aircraft, mostly F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet fighters and in the future the F-35C Lightning II, as well as SH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.
All this mass is mobilized by two nuclear reactors, which allow a virtually endless autonomy (limited by the need to replenish supplies) and a maximum speed of 30 knots (about 55 kilometers per hour).
Meanwhile, the USS Kearsarge is an amphibious assault ship of the Wasp class that entered service in 1993 and is based in Norfolk. These ships are designed to support the ground operations of the United States Marine Corps.
Its dimensions and capacities are lower than those of an aircraft carrier but still displaces more than 40,000 tons, with a crew of 1,000 sailors and the ability to reach a speed of 20 knots (37 kilometers per hour) with its more conventional steam turbines.
It also carries one s 1,800 marines ready for rapid deployment in three large landing craft housed inside the Kearsarge.
While on the deck of the vessel can operate up to eight vertical takeoff and landing fighters such as the AV-8B Harrier or the more modern F-35B Lightning II, in addition to different types of helicopters.