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.
Members of Congress and veterans leaders called for federal action to absolve the debts of nearly 10,000 soldiers in California alone who have been ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The state reached a $252,000 settlement with two contractors over the companies' unlawful evictions of 18 military service members and their families from private military housing in San Diego and Orange counties.