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The head of the Central Command, Frank McKenzie, said that the presence of the nuclear-powered ship and its escort “has a very good stabilizing effect” in the region and that the Tehran regime is now “recalculating” its strategy
“They are looking closely at the aircraft carrier, because they know we are watching them carefully ,” General Frank McKenzie said in a round of reporters.
The head of the Central Command of the United States also estimated that Iran is ” recalculating” the steps to be taken in the area before the arrival in the region of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln , without the presence of which there would have been an attack by part of the Persians .
The Lincoln is currently in international waters in the Arabian Sea, specifically in the Gulf of Oman , and in a presence that sends a clear signal of caution to Iran.
With its contingent of Navy destroyers and cruisers and a combat force of about 70 aircraft, it is the centerpiece of the Pentagon’s response to what the United States calls Iranian threats to attack US forces or commercial ships in the United States. Persian Gulf region.
An airplane F / A-18 in the USS Abraham Lincoln. (AP Photo / Jon Gambrell)
In recent years , there has been no regular presence of US aircraft carriers in the Middle East.
McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, said Friday that in his opinion, if Washington had not recently reinforced its military presence in the area, an Iranian attack would have already occurred due to the “very real” threat that Tehran represents.
Under the starry sky, fighter jets of the United States Navy took off recently, catapulted from the deck of the aircraft carrier, and flew north over the dark waters north of the Arabian Sea, an unequivocal signal to Iran that the most important symbol The global reach of the American armed forces has returned to the area, and that, perhaps, will be to remain for a long time.
On Saturday, the Lincoln was in international waters east of Oman and about 320 kilometers (about 200 miles) off the south coast of Iran.
An F / A-18 Super Hornet prepares for takeoff (AP Photo / Jon Gambrell)
A month after its arrival in the region, the Lincoln has not entered the waters of the Persian Gulf, and it is not evident that it does so soon. The USS Gonzalez, a destroyer that is part of Lincoln’s attack group, is already operating in the Gulf.
The contingent of 44 Super Hornets F-18 of the Lincoln has been flying a series of missions calibrated carefully from the aircraft carrier day and night, mainly to establish a visible “presence” of the United States. General McKenzie said on Saturday that this seems to have caused Iran to “play” with the possibility of preparing possible attacks .
The tower of the USS Lincoln, and two F / A-18 Supr Hornet flying over (AP Photo / Jon Gambrell)
In an interview with journalists traveling with him throughout the Gulf region, McKenzie said the aircraft carrier brought an important difference.
We believe that they are recalculating. They have to take this into account when thinking about the different actions they can take, so we believe that this is having a very good stabilizing effect , “he said.
“They are looking closely at the aircraft carrier, because they know we are watching them carefully,” McKenzie added.