The US aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln crosses into the Perian Gulf 20 kilometer from the shores of Iran.
The US aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln has sailed through the Strait of Hormuz, close to the coast of Iran, for the second time in recent weeks.
A BBC reporter on board said an Iranian patrol boat at one point passed by two miles (3.2km) from the carrier.
The carrier was accompanied by a US cruiser and destroyer.
Iranian officials recently threatened to close the channel, through which 20 per cent of the world’s oil exports pass, in a row over oil trade embargoes.
The BBC’s Jonathan Beale on board the Abraham Lincoln says the US has insisted it will keep the busy shipping lane open.
At its narrowest point, the Strait of Hormuz is only 21 nautical miles (40km) wide. Earlier, the US navy said the Iranian patrol boat passed within about half a mile of the carrier, but they later corrected this to two miles.
Iran has over the years given promises in public to destroy Israel. This is not the main concern for Washington. If it had been, the nuclear facilities of Iran had been terminated long time ago.
The main concern for the US, is that 25 per cent of oil the US needs comes from the Middle East. The export of crude oil through the Strait of Hormuz must be protected at any costs.
This is the mission given to the US fifth fleet based in Bahrain.
With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Will the US bomb Iran, is the Ayatollah do not block the oil export?
Not a chance in a million. Russia, India and China are all major trading partners with Iran.
Written by Ivar