- Feb 13, 2005
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the Navy is doubling the number of minesweepers in the Persian Gulf, Stars and Stripes reported today.
The US Navy will send four more ships and four minesweeping helicopters, top Naval officer says;
The sea service is sending the Sentry, Pioneer, Devastator and Warrior mine countermeasures boats to the Gulf in order to “do better setting the theater. I wanted to be sure … that we are ready,” Stripes quoted CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert as saying recently.
In addition to bulking up U.S. Navy forces, Greenert called for upgrades to submarine torpedoes, mine neutralization vehicles, optics and weaponry to counter swarm tactics Iran might employ should a conflict break out.
it’s just a deployment, just to be ready.
Afloat Forward Staging Base, Interim (AFSB-I)
On 24 January 2012, the Military Sealift Command posted a bid request to retrofit the USS Ponce on a rush-order basis. In response to requests from United States Central Command, the Navy is converting the aging warship it had planned to decommission into an afloat staging base for mine countermeasures helicopters and ships/boats.
The USS Ponce will be modified as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) to support mine-sweeping MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopters. MSC issued requests for proposal to upgrade and refit the ship. The work includes upgrading the ship’s navigation systems, bringing habitability up to MSC standards and general refurbishment. The Ponce will be designated as AFSB(I) 15, (I) for the interim
it appears that the Navy brass is taking Iran serious..