Gizmodo recently had a story regarding the Two supercarriers in the picture bellow. They are right, the two carriers side by side are freaking awesome to watch and picture, but when you see to carriers side by side it usually means bad news.
Gizmodo reported that the two carriers are the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS John C. Stennis, two of the ten nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft supercarriers in service with the United States Navy. The Lincoln just arrived to the Strait of Hormuz as tension keeps mounting up in the area.
The Strait of Hormuz is an extremely important geographic point. Forty percent of the world’s oil passes through this strait on its way out of the Persian Gulf. Whoever controls this pass, would be able to inflict great damage to the world’s economy.
According to the Washington Post, an Iranian lawmaker is now proposing to close the strait in retaliation against the oil embargo recently approved by the European Union, which has followed the United States in their sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program.
But here is something they didn’t cover, If you remember last month, Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the Iranian navy, claimed that closing the Strait would be “easy,” adding: “As Iranians say, it will be easier than drinking a glass of water.”
But USS Abraham Lincoln, a nuclear-powered carrier capable of embarking 90 aircraft, passed through this channel and entered the Gulf without incident on Sunday. HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate from the Royal Navy, was one of the escort vessels making up the carrier battle-group. A guided missile cruiser and two destroyers from the US Navy completed the flotilla, along with one warship from the French navy.
I guess the Iranian government wasn’t expecting them to try to pull anything off, or maybe they didn’t take into consideration that Each of these Nimitz class vessels carries a complement of fighter aircraft with more striking power than the entire Iranian air force. Didn’t see that one coming did ya admiral?