US navy drills in the Gulf come amid Iran tensions
28 Mar 2007 10:38:22 GMT
MANAMA, March 28 (Reuters) - Mounting tensions between Iran and the West have accelerated war games the U.S. navy is conducting in the Gulf, a spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet said on Wednesday.
A second U.S. aircraft carrier began exercises in the Gulf on Tuesday -- the first time two such vessels have been sent to patrol Gulf waters since the U.S.-led war on Iraq in 2003.
The U.S. exercises come amid rising tension with Iran over its nuclear programme and its capture of British sailors.