It was announced this morning that the U.S. Navy is deploying a second aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf amid rising tensions with Iran. USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and her strike group will join USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), marking one of the few times that the Navy has had more than one carrier in the waters near the Gulf.
The deployment of the second aircraft carrier is “routine and not specific to any threat,” said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.
In one of the largest publicity efforts movie history has seen, 20th Century Fox flew out the cast and crew of the upcoming movie “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” to screen it for the namesake aircraft carrier, as it patrolled Middle Eastern Walkers.
Shown to an excited crowd of nearly 1,800 sailors packed tightly in hangar bay, the screening marked the first time that a major motion picture had its debut screening for United States servicemen and women stationed in the Middle East, potentially setting a precedent for more blockbusters to premiere for our troops.
Abraham Lincoln, meet the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and its strike group, nearly 6,000 sailors, departed on a nine-month deployment last Wednesday, which the Navy says will be the longest of its type in a decade.
Typically lasting six to seven months, this group will have an extended stay at sea in order to allow other ships time for maintenance.
The Eisenhower, last deployed two years ago, will be taking the place of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
Fair winds and following seas, sailors!