Over the last few weeks, Stratfor, a global intelligence site, has provided updates on the approximate location of the American carrier fleet. According to Stratfor’s estimates, two carriers are operating in or near the Persian Gulf, another is operating in the Pacific near the Philippines, and two others are under way in the Atlantic Ocean. Four other carriers are non-deployable, and two are in their home ports.
The locations of these carriers are a key indicator of potential U.S. military activity, and could be key harbingers of a future American strike on Iran’s nuclear program, should the President decide to order one. Two carriers have been in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf for several weeks now, and a third passed through the region in early January.
Military analysts will be continuing to keenly observe U.S. aircraft carrier deployments to determine the likelihood of American action against the Iranians.