US sailor missing after falling overboard from aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea amid Iran tensions

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AN AMERICAN sailor has been reported missing after falling overboard from an aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea amid heightened Iran tensions.

A major search operation is now underway to find the unnamed sailor who has been since Wednesday after falling from the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier.

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The US sailor fell overboard from the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier (pictured above)[/caption]

F/A-18F aircraft are lined up on the USS Abraham Lincoln as part of the US build up of military might in the Gulf
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The Abraham Lincoln was routed to the Arabian Sea in recent weeks in what US officials say is a deterrence amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran[/caption]

In a statement, the US Fifth Fleet said two US ships, a Spanish frigate and a Pakistan naval ship, are conducting a search-and-rescue operation.

The Abraham Lincoln was routed to the Arabian Sea in recent weeks in what US officials say is a deterrence amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran.

OIL TANKER SEIZED

It come as Iran’s Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign oil tanker with 12 crew accused of smuggling oil, according to the country’s state-run TV.

The tanker captured is thought to be the Panama-flagged MT Riah which was in Iranian territorial waters near Qeshm Island, which is home to a Revolutionary Guard base.

Iran’s state TV, IRIB, which has not identified the ship has claimed the one million litres of oil it was carrying was being smuggled and it was intercepted on Sunday, south of Iran’s Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz.

Its tracker stopped transmitting its location as it sailed through the Strait of Hormuz at the weekend.

The 190ft Riah was travelling from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 12 crew on board, although a UAE official denied it was operated by the country and no Emirati people were on board.

The official said at the time the ship did not transmit a distress call.

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi has also been fuelling tensions, saying that anyone fuelling a US war against his country would “face the danger of war” and Iran was ready for “any kind of crisis” in an interview with Al Jazeera.

ESCALATED TENSIONS

The ongoing tensions in the region were initially sparked after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which was aimed at reducing Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons.

The deal saw Iran agree to eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium by 98 per cent.

But Mr Trump withdrew US support in May saying it was a “horrible, one-sided deal”.

Iran‘s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also threatened Britain with retaliation over the “vicious” seizure of an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar earlier this month.

As tensions escalate over the tanker row, it’s been revealed that the Royal Navy is set to send a third warship to the Persian Gulf this summer.

An Iranian bomb boat was found in the path of a British warship racing to the Gulf just two days ago.

The US said it was sending 500 troops to Saudi Arabia to counter the growing threat posed by Iran.

They will be deployed to a remote base east of the Saudi capital Riyadh, according to two US defence officials.

The move will fortify the growing Prince Sultan Air Base – which is being heavily built-up with a Patriot missile defence battery and an improved runway, CNN reported.

It’s hoped that fifth-generation F-22 stealth jets and other fighters will be flown from the base to strike Iranian targets should war break out, the unnamed officials said.

‘WELL-PROTECTED’ FROM IRANIAN ATTACK

The US military has been steadily building up its military might in the Gulf region as tensions in the region escalate.

US military chiefs believe the site is well-protected from Iranian attack because of its remote desert location.

The US is currently preparing to send 500 troops to Saudi Arabia to front up to the growing Iran threat.

They will be deployed to a remote base east of the Saudi capital Riyadh, according to two US defence officials.

US Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie said on Thursday that the Pentagon would work “aggressively” to find a solution to enable free passage.


The move will fortify the growing Prince Sultan Air Base – which is being heavily built-up with a Patriot missile defence battery and an improved runway, CNN reported.

It’s hoped that fifth-generation F-22 stealth jets and other fighters will be flown from the base to strike Iranian targets should war break out, the unnamed officials said.

US military chiefs believe the site is well protected from Iranian attack because of its remote desert location.

Oil tankers moored off the coast of Fujairah in the Gulf of Oman near the Straits of Hormuz
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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has threatened Britain with retaliation
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Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has threatened Britain with retaliation[/caption]

The US aircraft carrier the USS Boxer is already in the Arabian Sea off Oman
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The US aircraft carrier USS Boxer is currently in the Arabian Sea off Oman
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