- Passage ended a Gulf mission that displayed Western naval power amid heightened tensions with Iran
- Tehran has threatened to choke off vital oil shipping lanes
Last updated at 12:56 PM on 15th February 2012
Iranian patrol boats and aircraft shadowed a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group as it travelled through the Strait of Hormuz yesterday.
The passage ended a Gulf mission that displayed Western naval power amid heightened tensions with Tehran, which has threatened to choke off vital oil shipping lanes.
Officers aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln said there were no incidents with Iranian forces and described the surveillance as routine measures by Tehran near the strategic strait, which is jointly controlled by Iran and Oman.
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The last time an American carrier left the Gulf – the USS John C Stennis in late December – Iran’s army chief warned the U.S. it should never return.
The Abraham Lincoln was the centrepiece of a flotilla that entered the Gulf last month along with British and French warships in a display of Western unity against Iranian threats. There was no immediate comment by Iran about the Abraham Lincoln’s departure.
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