Adm. Jonathan Greenert could see for miles from the bridge of the USS Stenis on a rare clear day as it exited the Strait of Hormuz. And the Navy's top admiral wasn't satisfied with the view.
The chief of naval operations decided to send more mine-hunting ships to the Persian Gulf, and to mount high-powered Gatling guns on all vessels that might escort U.S. aircraft carriers through the strait. The Navy also is upgrading the sensors on all ships that deploy to the Middle East, and studying whether it can equip some vessels with short-range missiles to counter a potential threat from Iran.
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