By Dave Anderson:
Today, mentioned in passing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee - without a word or question on the topic from any supposedly well informed Senators - Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert told the Senate committee that the US Navy is going to deploy 4 minesweepers to the Persian Gulf (which will double the number of US Navy Minesweepers in the Persian Gulf) and also send additional mine hunting helicopters to the region. This comes following news earlier this year that the US Navy is working on the USS Ponce to deploy to the Persian Gulf to be a full time Mine Warfare Command Ship....
And here is the charter. Note the timeline. Basically we seem to be in a hurry to get everything in place by summertime.
Other indicators that the US is anticipating a major military campaign by either the US or Isreal in and against Iran would be the deployment of more anti-missile batteries to Bahrain, salvage and naval construction units to multiple points on the western shore of the Persian Gulf, and additional E-8 JStars and E-3 Awacs that would be used to coordinate the anti-ship missile battery hunt.
Pay attention to those moves as the precursors to a major operation against Iran.