The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is headed to the Persian Gulf to conduct air operations against militants in Iraq and Syria, the Navy’s top official said Tuesday.

“It’s almost there,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told reporters at a media roundtable in Washington.

The Carl Vinson, along with the rest of its strike group, will relieve the USS George H.W. Bush, which has been stationed in the Gulf since June. […]