United States to withdraw its aircraft carrier USS Nimitz from the Persian Gulf.
Image Credit: Aiyana S. Paschal/US Navy
The United States Department of Defense announced that it will withdraw the USS Nimitz supercarrier from the Persian Gulf, in an attempt to avoid further escalation between Iran and United States, as the death anniversary of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani approaches.
USS Nimitz will head back to home in the US West coast after 10 months of deployment in the region. It participated in the Malabar 2020 exercise with the Japanese, Indian and Australian navies. India also deployed its aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya.
The USS Nimitz was crucial in providing air support in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in the South China Sea as a show of force to China during the peak of tensions between the two superpowers.
In preparation for the death anniversary of the Iranian general, the Iranian military put their troops in a state of high alert. Last Thursday, Iran protested US ‘military adventurism” in the Persian Gulf to the United Nations security council. This was a reference to the provocation by the United States this week when the US sent two B-52 bombers, capable of carrying a nuclear bomb, to the Persian Gulf from US territory in a 36-hour round trip. This occured several times in 2020.