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USS Enterprise must obtain IRGC permission to enter Persian Gulf: report


Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

The U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, which is heading for the Persian Gulf, will have to answer the questions of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) at the "Sepah station" to obtain permission to enter the sea, the Persian service of the Fars News Agency reported on Saturday.

According to the report, the IRGC Naval Force is tasked with monitoring the movement of foreign vessels in the Persian Gulf and all the vessels which want to pass through the Strait of Hormuz must report to the "Sepah station" on the sea.

The USS Enterprise set sail on its final voyage on March 12, heading for the Persian Gulf.

The U.S. oldest active-duty warship will be on standby in case of conflict with Iran, CNN reported.

"Enterprise is as ready and capable as she has ever been throughout her 50 years," Capt. William C. Hamilton, the ship's commanding officer, said in a statement.

The carrier, which holds a crew of over 4,000, has taken part in several wars. It will be deployed in the Persian Gulf together with other warships, forming a carrier strike group.

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