U.S. Sending Aircraft Carrier to Help Monitor Iranian Ships
The US is concerned that Iran may be shipping surface-to-air missiles to the Houthi rebels in Yemen that would endanger Saudi coalition jet fighters carrying out airstrikes against Houthi positions. The guided-missile destroyer USS Normandy accompanied the Roosevelt. The USS Iwo Jima, an amphibious assault ship carrying 2,000 Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is also off the coast of Yemen.April 20, 2015
The U.S. is sending an aircraft carrier to the Yemeni coast to join a growing fleet of ships keeping watch on an Iranian flotilla that defense officials suspect may be carrying arms for Houthi fighters in Yemen. U.S. military officials said they are monitoring as many as nine Iranian ships suspected of carrying arms bound for Yemen, where Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia has been conducting airstrikes against the Houthis for nearly a month. U.S. officials said the arrival of the USS Theodore Roosevelt will raise to 12 the total number of U.S. Navy vessels in the Gulf of Aden, where Saudi and Egyptian ships are also stationed as the situation in Yemen deteriorates.