The US aircraft carrier USS Enterprise will not rotate with any of the two carriers already present in the Middle East

DEBKAfile Intelligence

July 12, 2007

Our military sources report that the Enterprise, whose deployment with the US Fifth Fleet, was first revealed by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 300 on June 1, will in fact join the USS Stennis and USS Nimitz near the shores of Iran - not replace them, as reported in some media. The carrier which departed Norfolk Monday is heading for a six-month Middle East tour of duty with its strike group of four warships: the guided missile destroyers Arleigh Burke, Stout, James E .Williams and Forrest Sherman, as well as three more ships – and 7,500 sailors in all aboard.