That, and the US Navy’s claim the Lincoln can support its mission 200 miles off the coast of Oman outside of the Persian Gulf, are the reasons why the Lincoln is loitering in the Gulf of Oman.
That something stated by the captain could very well be the trigger for the Second Signpost. The US Navy is trying to avoid harassment from the IRGC within the Persian Gulf, as reacting to the harassment could easily lead to a trigger.
For the US Navy to avoid the Persian Gulf for now likely means there is a heightened sense among Navy commanding officers of the situation between the US and Iran being on a hair trigger.
In the end what this possibly does is buy us more time. Have you learned of the Signpost message and feel the need to prepare? You may have more time. This is yet another manifestation of God’s mercy.