In policy reversal from just a few days ago, the Navy has ordered the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) carrier strike group to remain in the Middle East to counter Iranian threats. 

“Due to the recent threats issued by Iranian leaders against President Trump and other U.S. government officials, I have ordered the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) to halt its routine redeployment,” Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said in a statement.

“USS Nimitz will now remain on station in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. No one should doubt the resolve of the United States of America.”

These latest Iranian threats come on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the death of Iranian Quds commander MG Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad by a U.S. drone strike.