U.S. aircraft carrier enters Gulf without incident

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Posted: Jan 22, 2012 5:28 PM
U.S. aircraft carrier enters Gulf without incident

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft carrier sailed through the Strait of Hormuz and into the Gulf without incident on Sunday, a day after Iran backed away from an earlier threat to take action if an American carrier returned to the strategic waterway.

The carrier USS Abraham Lincoln completed a "regular and routine" passage through the strait, a critical gateway for the region's oil exports, "as previously scheduled and without incident," said Lieutenant Rebecca Rebarich, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

(Reporting By David Alexander; Editing by Peter Cooney)