U.S. Navy Announces Iran War Preparations
March 17, 2012 • 4:52AM

Without hardly batting an eyelash, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathon Greenert informed the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday about what the U.S. Navy is doing to prepare for war against Iran.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Ct.) nonchalantly asked Greenert what the Navy is asking for in the budget "that will specifically increase our capability to defend against any Iranian action" in the Persian Gulf. Greenert said, among other things, that the Navy is moving four minesweeping ships to the Gulf, in addition to the four that are already there, along with four more minesweeping helicopters. Greenert indicated that those minesweeping vessels would be working very closely with similar British minesweepers that are also already there.

A retired Naval officer who blogs under the nom de plume "Galrahn," had this to say on that same day on his blog "Information Dissemination" about Admiral Greenert's revelation: "In other words, the Chief of Naval Operations announced to the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning specific details about preparations for war with Iran, and in response the Senators drooled on themselves in silent capitulation. The only thing missing from that scene from this mornings Twilight Zone moment in the Senate was the CNO knocking on the microphone asking 'is this thing on' for dramatic effect."

Galrahn adds: "When the CNO tells Senators in a public hearing that the Navy is deploying four little 1,300-ton minesweepers to the other side of the world, in any context that can be described as the U.S. Navy preparing for war with Iran."

Not even mentioned by anybody is the departure last Sunday of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise for the Persian Gulf, on what will be the fifty-year-old ship's last deployment. The Enterprise will be joining the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and the U.S.S. John C. Stennis aircraft carriers already on patrol in the Arabian Sea. Mentioned by Galrahn, but not Greenert, is the ongoing effort to convert the 1970s-era amphibious warfare ship U.S.S. Ponce into a special operations platform and mine warfare command vessel, specifically for the Persian Gulf. The Navy plans to have that ship there by midsummer.