The USS Nimitz supper carrier and its supporting Strike Group are moving out of the US Central Command area opposite the Iranian shore over to the Indo-Pacific region, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby announced Tuesday. The Nimitz’s departure, “after more than 270 days deterring conflict in a very critical region,” means there is no US carrier remaining in the Gulf area. “Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin believes America has “a robust presence in the Middle East,” said the Pentagon spokesman. “US service members are based in many nations in the Persian Gulf and there is more than enough airpower to counter any adversary. ”
The Nimitz Strike Group has been deployed longer than is typically required and the wear and tear on the sailors, the ships and the aircraft must be considered.