Washington, D.C. -
Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, announced the U.S. is sending four minesweepers into the Persian Gulf and will patrol waters off the coast of Iran as tension with the Islamic Republic continue to grow.
"We are moving four more mine sweeps to the theater," he said. "That'll make eight. We are moving airborne mine countermeasure helicopters. That'll take us to eight in theater. And ... those, working with the British mine sweeps there, which we exercise with frequently, sets us up a little bit there."