After the Stennis and Mobile Bay left the Strait, an Iranian military leader warned the U.S. Navy not to return to the Persian Gulf, where the Strait is located. According to CBS News, Iran army chief Ataollah Salehi told IRNA, Iran's state news agency:
In response, Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a statement:
The whole brouhaha began when Iran decided to conduct a 10-day naval exercise near the Strait of Hormuz in December. According to CBS News, the point of the military exercise was to prove to the world that Iran could close off the Strait if it chose to. That's a big deal, as one-sixth of the world's oil exports must pass through the Straight each and every day.
Navy investigators are looking into allegations that Capt. Gregory McWherter, a former two-time commander of the Blue Angels, allowed a hostile work environment filled with lewd comments and pornographic images. On Friday, the Navy relieved McWherter of his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado.Read More
The USS Cowpens and USS Spruance are due to return to Naval Base San Diego Thursday following deployments to the Western Pacific Ocean. The Cowpens provided humanitarian help in the Philippines following the typhoon there.Read More