US Pulls Aircraft Carrier Out of Persian Gulf as Russian Ships Enter

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The United States has pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt – a massive, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier – out of the Persian Gulf as Russian warships have entered the area.

US Pulls Aircraft Carrier Out of Persian Gulf as Russian Ships Enter

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder

For the first time since 2007, the US Navy has now no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, according to NBC News.

The warship was withdrawn from the Persian Gulf on Thursday, a day after Russia fired 26 long-range cruise missiles from its Caspian Flotilla against terrorists in Syria, Pentagon officials said.

US military officials claimed that the aircraft carrier, which houses about 5,000 sailors and 65 fighter jets, was withdrawn because it needed to undergo maintenance.

Tensions between the United States and Russia escalated after Moscow began its military campaign on September 30 against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists wreaking havoc in Syria.

Russia has carried out more than 110 airstrikes against terrorists in Syria so far, killing hundreds of militants.

The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that the United States had adopted measures to ensure a safe distance from Russian fighter jets flying over Syria.

Republican Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday that Washington should “just leave” Syria “if all of your [US] actions are dictated by the risk of confrontation with Russia.”

Peter Daly, a retired Navy vice admiral, noted that the absence of a US aircraft carrier is being noticed by Russians.

“The most important thing you need a carrier for is for what you don’t know is going to happen next,” Daly told NBC News.

Three unnamed US military officials claimed on Thursday that some cruise missiles fired from Russian ships at targets in Syria landed in Iran.

US Pulls Aircraft Carrier Out of Persian Gulf as Russian Ships Enter

Russian navy ship launches a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

The officials stated that four Russian cruise missiles went off course and crashed in Iran, adding that they don’t know if the errant missiles caused any damage.

In response, the Russian Defense Ministry statement said that the new Kalibr-NK cruise missiles all struck within nine feet of their intended targets in Syria.

“No matter how unpleasant and unexpected it is for our colleagues in the Pentagon and Langley, our strike yesterday with precision-guided weapons at ISIS (Daesh/ISIL) infrastructure in Syria hit its targets,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

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  • milomonkey

    american military equipment all overused during their peacetime to prop up their hegemony. in time of the next future war with peers, they will be left with old and dying equipment , totally unsuitable to the rigors of real war , and their modern high tech replacement are all too expensive to little to matter and too complex to operate day in day out ..

    in a real with a near peer or peer enemy, it will be bloodbath for US military.. even with nation like iran, US will took a massive hit on theor attacking aircraft and ships.. as on their persian gulf bases.. casualties will rack in ten of thousand dead sailors and soldiers/marines , and the enemy will activate their intelligence cells inside america, targetting civilian infrastructure and law enforcement, fostering and arming minority groups , and turn america metropolitan cities into warzones..

    is this what US gov really wants ? Chaos on american soil ?

    • David James

      I think someone is a little upset at the absolute crushing ass kicking our military hands out whenever they are called on.
      But you know, whatever you need to tell yourself to sleep at night ;)

      • milomonkey

        hello there goverment paid troll , are you from DOD ? or NSA ? how’s the work there ? btw i just talkin with Craig your friend in the next cubicle.. slow day eh ?

      • milomonkey

        looks like the yemeni soldiers easily destroyed the state of the art US made military equipment in yemen… so the whole ‘US weapon = state of the art” is just a propaganda lol…