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I've been wondering where Melissa Francis has been for the past week we've got an answer before she's been on special assignment in the Persian gulf.
Reporting on the heightening tension in that region.
And how that affects the price of oil right here in the United States she joins us live tonight from Bahrain and Melissa it's great to see you safe and sound -- actually spent the night on the USS enterprise the crown jewel of the navy's fifth fleet.
Station in Bahrain which is the critical waterway Iran has threatened to shut down.
This is a vessel with a tremendous amount of history tells about.
Oh absolutely I Mena has been on the water for 51 years it was parked off Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis.
And out right now it is patrolling the Arabian Sea as you said keeping the Strait of Hormuz -- and rear admiral Walter Carter talk to us exclusively and we stand how leaders in the area feel about Iran's threats.
To shut down the Strait of Hormuz and here's what he had to say.
It's -- entire.
Global economy they're very concerned about that and our job here is to make sure.
That Friedman -- navigation person that very critical straight.
Amount of trade and commerce -- Just take a look at what -- -- -- Product that comes out of the country of hello hello oils oil products and imports exports.
And now impacts -- -- states but very much.
Specifically Japan it -- It's like three quarters of all of her.
Fuel and resources from this region China 50% of all of her resources.
So our job here is just make sure that -- open and we do have resources to do that.
We go through this -- -- not -- -- sure that -- continue to move back and forth everybody.
-- and navigation through that -- You mention though how much oil and liquefied natural gas and everything else feel that Asian jet -- that straighten some have made the argument that the -- feel about -- Well we have the resources do -- and it's a global economy so it isn't just about our navy and you know you've heard this line that we see anywhere global force for itself isn't just for the United States -- for the world.
Amazing to see the aircraft taking off and landing on the enterprise I'm curious have they had any contact.
With the Iranians as of yet.
Yeah absolutely I mean on this particular mission may have driven through the strait apartment as her.
Eight different times and they say that when they get in there.
The ukrainians come out on speedboats and sort of check them mountains surround them and look at them they're still nonchalant about it they state.
You would expect that if there was an Iranian ship flowing -- American waters we would go out and take a look at them.
I'm commander Doug teen.
It is one of the people who has been on the ship during this whole time and I asked him what is that like exactly.
I think we'll have an impact do you me from room.
I imagine -- bother them a little -- that we go through each time and I know they get on the radio -- they make clear.
There announcements in the news about how they -- it.
Imagine -- country -- that with so much.
What do you think is the impression of the victory gives off -- music is the message.
Here and he -- it will reopen.
That is definitely.
Now if it was close it would take awhile -- Painful I think in the world knows.
I think -- OK -- just as much.
And so yes that's -- spreads.
It may happen may not what we're here that make sure -- -- reopened again.
You know -- -- I think some people watching may think there's something familiar about the USS enterprise remind us why.
Yeah absolutely I mean this is the vessel from top gun and we were joking about it before we left -- said this looks exactly top gun will turns out it is.
This is exactly where they buzz that tower this is where Tom Cruise through the dog tags off the side it's also been in The Hunt for Red October.
We're very excited about this -- -- -- quite as excited as we were listen.
Coffee spill window behind us I mean this is the famous top gun -- buying tower is that right.
Yes it is from from when I see -- we've seen the movie -- when I was in high school yes.
Right over here is where the person that -- coffee when maverick this line line -- the Fuzzy dice from the movie the.
The Fuzzy guy he's concerned and you present watched -- -- again trying to figure out which window and I mean this source surprised.
Yes and you always -- to figure out where it was actually done that since it was done leadership.
Melissa Francis it looks like you've had an amazing experience there and you have a safe trip coming -- -- I know that we're going to be seeing more.
The reporting you've been doing on the tensions there.
Absolutely -- -- don't antigovernment show there that's just a temporary seat for you I'm coming right back for that shares -- don't get -- ideas.
I will get no ideas I'm more of -- morning guy and a way it's great -- -- Melissa and I think on behalf of everybody here it is you know home base we're glad you're safe and sound as well as the men and women serving on the USS enterprise.
-- well my friend.
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