Late in March a second U.S. Navy carrier group, buill around the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). arrived in the Gulf area to reinforce the group already there, which is built around the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). The second group had been ordered to the area more than a month earlier to conduct dual-carrier strike exercises, perhaps to demonstrate the ability to attack the developing Iranian nuclear industry. As it happened, the carrier's arrival coincided with a new crisis, as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized 15 British sailors and marines, charging that they were in Iranian waters (the British later displayed navigational data proving that they had been well within Iraqi waters).
World Naval Developments: A Lesson in Sea Power
By Norman Friedman, Ph.D.