The aircraft carrier Nimitz and its strike group have returned to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over the killing of a top nuclear scientist, the Pentagon and the U.S. 5th Fleet said on Nov. 27, 2020.
Both the DOD and a spokeswoman for the 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, said the return of the Nimitz was to provide security for the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
The announcement of the carrier's presence came as Iran vowed retaliation for the ambush east of Tehran Friday that killed nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
The deployment of the Nimitz＇ensures we have sufficient capability available to respond to any threat and to deter any adversary from acting against our troops during the force reduction＇ in Afghanistan and Iraq, said Pentagon officials.
A surprise attack by troops waiting in a concealed position.
The U.S. mop-up forces fell into a deadly prepared ambush, with Viet Cong fighters inflicting heavy casualties.