Three major US naval strike forces in Persian Gulf
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  • Reports noted that the US sent three new American flotillas to the Persian Gulf, raising the number of strike forces in the region to five, an unprecedented build-up since the crisis began over Iran’s nuclear program. The vast naval and air strength consisted of more than 40 carriers, warships and submarines, some of them nuclear-armed. The United States, France, Britain, and Canada were also planning a naval blockade to deny Iran imports of refined oil products. Tehran imported 40 percent of its refined fuel products from Gulf neighbors. Iran on its part has threatened to retaliate by shutting the Straits of Hormuz1.