US bringing second aircraft carrier to Mideast

A second US aircraft carrier will arrive in the Middle East in about a month, a US Navy official said Tuesday, the first time since the US-led Iraq invasion in 2003 that the United States will have two carrier battle groups in the region. The increase in US forces is a show of strength by Washington in the face of Iran's growing regional assertiveness and a perception among US adversaries that the United States is vulnerable in Iraq, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday. The USS John C. Stennis is scheduled to sail Tuesday from its homeport of Bremerton, Washington.