Carrier Strike Group Tracking Iranian Ships

  • Apr 22, 2015 5:17am GMT

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) moved closer to the coast of Yemen to monitor a convoy of Iranian ships carrying arms headed for Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen. The carrier, with nine embarked squadrons, and cruiser met up with about half a dozen U.S. ships already operating in the area, including the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima, the amphibious transport dock New York, the dock landing Fort McHenry, the mine countermeasures ships Dextrous and Sentry, and the destroyers Forrest Sherman and Winston Churchill, members of TR's carrier strike group. The Navy has recently increased its presence in the region as Houthi rebels continue to fight against the government in that country, according to a Navy release Monday. "This is in response to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen," Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday. "They are not going to intercept Iranian ships."

In the video below watch sailors man the rails before departing from Norfolk, Va. for deployment. The guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) sails alongside the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Gulf.

(U.S. Navy media by mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. DiNiro, Josh Petrosino, Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)

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