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Iran Is Freaking Out Over The Second US Carrier On Its Way To The Gulf

•, Robert Johnson
Reports out today by the Associated Press say the U.S. is deploying the aircraft carrier amid the "rising tensions with Iran," but the ship has been on its way to meet up with the Fifth Fleet stationed in Bahrain for over three weeks.

What comes as a bit of a surprise, however, is the Iranian report put out Saturday through its Mehr News Agency, saying that Tehran is demanding the Enterprise halt its passage into the Strait of Hormuz, and report to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp's Sepah station.

Iran says that while it's there, the ship's commander will answer Revolutionary Guard questions and wait until it receives official permission before entering the area.

The Enterprise and its crew of up to more than 5,800 sailors will be meeting up with the Fifth Fleet to form a carrier strike group
A strike group is made up of about 7,500 servicemembers, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, six to 10 destroyers, and 65 to 70 aircraft. It is the single largest operational unit of the U.S. Navy and is used as a mighty display of force.

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