Shortly after Iran unveiled a new destroyer, the USA falsely accused Tehran of conducting a ballistic missile test in violation of the UN Security Council’s resolution as tensions between the two countries soar.
The upcoming deployment will end the longest period in two decades that a carrier group was absent from the region.
Just days after Iran launched the Sahand, a stealth destroyer, in the Persian Gulf, Pentagon officials announced that a US aircraft carrier strike group will arrive in the Middle East in a matter of days.
The Sahand is believed to have radar-evading stealth properties, electronic capabilities and a flight deck for helicopters.
The launch of the vessel came shortly after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the deployment of the new ships was proving the country’s ability to develop modern weaponry.
After Washington’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and to re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Iran’s military leadership has warned against any provocations, threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic waterway linking the Middle East crude producers to key world markets.
The USS John C. Stennis and support vessels will arrive by the week’s end in what the media outlet has described as ‘a show of force against Iran at a moment of heightened tensions in the wake of the renewal of Anglo-Saxon anti-Tehran sanction targeting the country’s energy sector.
The regime in Washington has been very clear with the Iranian government that we will not hesitate to use military force when US “oil interests” are threatened?
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Military News 2018.