Nine U.S. warships enter Gulf in show of force
By Mohammed Abbas
Wed May 23, 4:53 AM ET
ABOARD USS JOHN C. STENNIS (Reuters) - Nine U.S. warships carrying 17,000 personnel entered the Gulf on Wednesday in a show of force off Iran's coast that navy officials said was the largest daytime assembly of ships since the 2003 Iraq war.
U.S. Navy officials said Iran had not been notified of plans to sail the ships, which include two aircraft carriers, through the Straits of Hormuz, a narrow channel in international waters off Iran's coast and a major artery for global oil shipments.
"What is special about this is that you have two strike groups. Everybody will see us because it is in daylight."
Most U.S. ships pass through the straits at night so as not to attract attention, and rarely move in such large numbers.
Navy officials said the decision to send a second aircraft carrier was made at the last minute, without giving a reason.
Sabre rattling and territory marking at it's finest.
It would be nice if we could finish one war before starting another though.