Things are getting more interesting by the day.

The Iranian military says that it has photographed a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf region. It was probably the USS John C. Stennis. A news report says that the supercarrier has been re-assigned to the Persian Gulf region.

Iran boasts of surveillance of U.S. aircraft carrier as tensions with Tehran continue to rise

Iran has ramped up its war of words with the U.S. – by revealing it filmed and photographed one of its aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf.

Tensions between the two countries are escalating on an almost daily basis over Iran’s ongoing 10-day navy drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz – the passageway for one-sixth of the world’s oil supply.

Official IRNA news agency reported today that a surveillance plane obtained the footage in what has been seen as a clear indication that Iran wants to cast its navy as having a powerful role in the region’s waters. Read report on UK Daily Mail.

United States’ supercarrier the USS John C. Stennis

USS Stennis closes out one war, moves to another

BREMERTON – USS John C. Stennis sailors didn’t get much time to celebrate the end of the Iraq War before refocusing on other hostilities in the region.

The Bremerton-based aircraft carrier launched the final sortie into Iraq on Dec. 18, then headed out of the Persian Gulf toward the Arabian Sea where it can better support troops fighting in Afghanistan.

To get there, it had to sail through the narrow Strait of Hormuz, which Iran’s navy chief blustered Wednesday his country could easily close and cut off transport of one-third of the world’s oil tanker traffic.

Iran’s Navy also is in the midst of a 10-day drill in international waters near the oil route, involving submarines, missile drills, torpedoes and drones, according to The Associated Press. Read rest of the report.