USS Abraham Lincoln stationed in Arabian Sea

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(3 Jun 2019) A US aircraft carrier the White House ordered to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran remains outside of the Persian Gulf amid efforts to de-escalate tensions between Tehran and Washington.
On Monday the USS Abraham Lincoln was in the Arabian Sea, some 200 miles (320 kilometres) off the coast of Oman.
Rear Admiral John F.G. Wade, the commander of the carrier's strike group, declined to discuss any specifics about that mission, though he said Iran had presented "credible threats" to the region.
"They do impose a threat to our operations, but also to the safety and security of commerce and trade going through the Strait of Hormuz and that's why we are here," Wade said.
However, Capt. Putnam Browne, the commanding officer of the Lincoln, also told The Associated Press that they did not want to "inadvertently elevate the situation."
The White House in May ordered the Lincoln and its strike group to speed to the Mideast.
It's also sent B-52 bombers and ordered hundreds of troops to the area.
Tensions with Iran have worsened since US President Donald Trump pulled America out of Iran's nuclear deal last year and imposed sanctions on Tehran.
On Sunday, the US Air Force announced a B-52 conducted a training exercise with the Lincoln that included "simulated strike operations."
However, in recent days, the Trump administration has stressed it is ready to speak to the Iranians without preconditions.
The Lincoln famously served as the backdrop of then-President George W. Bush's May 2003 speech declaring combat operations over in Iraq, a banner reading "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" hanging behind him.
The majority of the war's casualties came after.
On Monday, F/A-18s flew maneuvers over the carrier.
Accompanying the Lincoln to the Mideast are three destroyers - the USS Bainbridge, the USS Mason and the USS Nitze - as well as the guided-missile cruiser the USS Leyte Gulf.
Captain William Reed, the commander of the carrier's air wing, laughed off any notion the situation was stressful.
"It's just another day at the office," he said from the carrier's hanger as airmen worked on the ship's F/A-18 fighter jets.

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