Lincoln was some 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the eastern coast of Oman in
the Arabian Sea on June fourth. It would still need to pass through the Gulf of
Oman and the Strait of Hormuz before reaching the Persian Gulf close to Iran.
don’t want to inadvertently escalate something,” Capt. Putnam Browne, the
commanding officer of the Lincoln, was quoted by a US news agency
asked about why the Lincoln had not entered the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian
Gulf, Rear Adm. John Wade, the commander of the carrier strike group, suggested
that his forces could “conduct mission wherever and whenever needed.”
declined to discuss any specifics about that mission, though he claimed Iran
had presented “credible threats” to the region.
have been running high between Tehran and Washington since late April, when
Washington moved to cut Iran’s oil exports to “zero” and began to build up its
military presence in the Middle East.
US said that it was sending military reinforcements, including the USS Abraham
Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group, a squadron of B-52 bombers, and a
battery of patriot missiles, to the Middle East, citing alleged unspecified
“threats” from Iran, last month. That announcement prompted global concerns
that the US may be planning to wage a war on Iran.
has downplayed Washington’s belligerent rhetoric and moves, saying all American
ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz have so far remained answerable to
the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as the force in charge of security
in the strategic waterway.
has insisted that it will not initiate any conflict, but will firmly defend the
country against any act of aggression. Meanwhile the US Congress is deeply
divided on the issue of opening a war front against Iran. Many of them have
opposed President Trump’s knee jerk reaction including imposing of sanctions