U.S. carrier transits Strait of Hormuz
January 22nd, 2012
08:26 PM ET

U.S. carrier transits Strait of Hormuz

By Adam Levine

This is a case of no news being news. The U.S. Navy sent the recently arrived aircraft carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln into the Persian Gulf on Sunday. The Lincoln was joined by French and British ships.

The crossing of the Strait of Hormuz was without incident, according to a statement from the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

Recently, Iran had threatened the U.S. with retaliation should the Navy send a carrier into the Gulf after the departure of the USS John Stennis.

"USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completed a regular and routine transit of the Strait of Hormuz, Jan. 22, to conduct maritime security operations as scheduled and in support of requirements set by the combatant commander," the statement said.

In recent years, the United States has kept one carrier in the Gulf and one in the North Arabian Sea for much of the time.

U.S. military officials have told CNN the United States will continue its long-standing military commitment to having an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, but will not say when the transit will take place in light of security concerns about Iran.


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