US Deploys two Supercarriers in Middle East


The US Deploys two Supercarriers in Middle East region- USS EISENHOWER & USS TRUMAN. This marks the first extended dual use of super-carriers in the region in years. Gen. Frank McKenzie, head folks Central Command said that "he would caution Iran and its proxies from attempting a response that might endanger the US and coalition forces or our partners."

He stated that his command is "well postured to defend our forces around the region and to reply to any longer aggression against our forces," nothing that the secretary of defense has given him two aircraft carriers to support CENTCOM missions.


He added., "We have the flexibility, capability, and will to respond to any threat," The two aircraft carriers that are currently in the CENTCOM area of responsibility are the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the USS Harry S. Truman. McKenzie- said at a Pentagon press briefing, "We're going to keep them for a while,”

He explained, "The beauty of the aircraft carrier is this, It has enormous offensive capabilities, it's enormous defensive capabilities, and it's mobile. The carriers are vital to us, and that we know the Iranians watch them very closely too."


Readers may note that USS Harry S. Truman supercarrier recently relieved the USS Abraham Lincoln, which was deployed to the region in May of last year to deter Iranian aggression. In this article, Defence Talks analyzes, how why Iran should be afraid of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower & USS Harry S. Truman supercarriers? Let us get into the detail.


The relation between U.S & Iran has been very tense and on several occasions, it seemed an all-out conflict could break out. Fortunately, this has not happened but Iran’s military continues to be a threat when it comes to ships passing the Persian Gulf and especially the Strait of Hormuz.

The Strait of Hormuz may be a strait between the Persian Gulf and therefore the Gulf of Oman. It provides the sole sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean. On the north coast lies Iran and on the south coast the United Arab Emirates and Musandam, an exclave of Oman.

At its narrowest, the strait has a width of only 21 nautical miles or 39 km. Around 33% of the world’s liquefied natural gas and almost 20% of total global oil production passes through the strait making it one of the most important sea routes. Because of its narrow width, it is kind of a choke point and can be leveraged to harass commercial vessels. In this situation, a strong U.S naval present will be key to reassuring allies like Saudi Arabia.


USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is the second whereas USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-72) is the eight Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in the United States Navy. The Nimitz-class supercarriers are a category of 10 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in commission with us Navy.

The lead ship of the category is known as for war II us Pacific Fleet commander flag officer Chester W. Nimitz. Nimitz-class aircraft carriers were designed to be improvements on previous U.S. aircraft carriers, in particular, the Enterprise and Forrestal-class. Both were built in Newport News Shipbuilding Company.


USS Dwight D. Eisenhower & USS Harry S. Truman are some of the largest warship constructed. These have a displacement of 100000 tons, and an overall length of 332.8 m (1,092 feet). To give readers a perspective, they are about 3 football fields long. Both are powered by two A4W nuclear reactors, kept in separate compartments.

These power 4 propeller shafts and may produce a maximum speed of over 30 knots or 56 km/h. As a result of the use of nuclear power, these warships are capable of operating continuously for over 20 years without refueling and are predicted to have a service life of over 50 years. Practically they have unlimited range.


Both these supercarriers are equipped with RIM-7 Sea Sparrow, RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile & Phalanx CIWS RIM-7 Sea Sparrow is a U.S. ship-borne short-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapon, primarily intended for defense against anti-ship missiles. It uses semi-active radar homing for guidance.

The missile has a operational range of 10 nmi or 19 km and speed in excess of Mach 2.5. The RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile also referred to as RAM may be a small, lightweight, infrared homing SAM used primarily as a point-defense weapon against anti-ship cruise missiles.The missile is so named because it rolls around its longitudinal axis to stabilize its flight path, very similar to a bullet fired from a rifled barrel.

It has a range of 9 km or 5.6 mi and speed of Mach 2. The Phalanx weapon may be a rapid-fire, computer-controlled, radar-guided gun which will defeat anti-ship missiles and other close-in threats ashore and stumped . It is a last ditch defensive weapon and is designed to defeat anti-ship missiles and “close-in” threats that have pierced other lines of defense. It has a range of 2.2 mi or 3.5 km and has a rate of fire of 4,500 rounds/minute.


USS Dwight D. Eisenhower & USS Harry S. Truman have a flight group of more than 60 aircraft. The Nimitz class supercarrier's main offensive force consists of the F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18 Super Hornet. They will be the trump card when it comes to establishing air superiority.

F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet

These are twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable 4th generation multirole fighter and may carry attack weapons also as air-to-air missiles. The versatility of the aircraft can be gauged from the fact that on the first day of Operation Desert Storm, two F/A-18 Hornets, each carrying four 2,000 lb. bombs shot down two Iraqi Migs then proceeded to deliver their bombs on track.

Apart from these fighter jets, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower & USS Harry S. Truman have EA-18G Growler & E-2C Hawkeye. The EA-18G Growler is an airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft. It is capable of electronic attack (EA) and Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD), particularly at the beginning and on-going early stages of hostilities.

Northrop Grumman’s E-2C Hawkeye may be a carrier-capable AWACS aircraft. it's designed to offer a long-range warning of incoming aerial threats and features a secondary role of command and control.


Iran’s only chance against an American supercarrier is asymmetric warfare. this will include attack using speed boats & Qader missile While the threat that tiny boats pose to major warships has been apparent for a few times, the Pentagon’s Millennium Challenge 2002 exercise brought the difficulty to mainstream attention. therein controversial exercise, small fast boats carrying suicide payloads inflicted heavy damage on the U.S. navy.

But U.S Navy has updated its strategy to counter these sorts of attacks. The Qader supersonic missile developed by Iran features a range of about 185 miles or 300 km. it's self-guided and may maneuver to lock onto a moving target. The missile is reasonable, easy to launch and may be deployed in “swarms.” But as long as a supercarrier has the power to launch preemptive strikes and posses a huge arsenal of defensive weapons, it's unlikely that these are going to be able to cause significant damage.

Overall it is often said that odds are very heavily stacked against Iran especially since two supercarriers are operating within the region now.

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