Four Navy minesweepers will be on their way to the Persian Gulf within weeks as part of an effort to boost American military capability in the region amid rising tensions with Iran, a Navy official says.
The minesweepers will be loaded onto cargo ships leaving the United States in late April, according to the Navy official. The deployments were publicly confirmed by Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, earlier this month in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“We are moving four more mine sweeps to the theater,” he said. “That’ll make eight. We are moving airborne mine countermeasure helicopters. That’ll take us to eight in theater. And … those, working with the British mine sweeps there, which we exercise with frequently, sets us up a little bit there.”
Source: Barbara Starr for CNN.