Defense officials said Tuesday that the carrier Abraham Lincoln was moved out of the Persian Gulf and to the Gulf of Oman, shortening the time that the carrier’s strike planes must fly to support combat in Afghanistan.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.
One official said the decision reflects both the worsened state of the fight in Afghanistan and improvements in Iraq. Since violence is down in Iraq, U.S. defense leadership believes it is possible to focus some air capabilities away from Iraq and more on Afghanistan.
Also get the carrier out of the constrains of the Arabian Gulf. Though everyone loves to get all alarmed when we send a carrier or two into the Arabian Gulf, it seems unlikely that we’d plan to have one there if we thought the shooting was going to start.