Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A U.S CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft flies over a tanker in the Arabian Sea off Oman July 17, 2019. The patrol is "standard" but the situation - growing tension between the United States and Iran. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

An MV-22 Osprey aircraft lands on the deck of USS Abraham Lincoln the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz July 15, 2019. At a thumbs-up sign from a sailor, a U.S. Harrier fighter jet takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea as an oil tanker passes, a nautical mile away. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A U.S. Navy officer uses binoculars to follow the movements near the USS Boxer (LHD-4) in the Arabian Sea off Oman July 17, 2019. The U.S. Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, says Gulf Arab states have stepped up patrols. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

U.S. Marines maintain an AV-8B Harrier aircraft on the flight deck of USS Boxer (LHD-4) in the Arabian Sea off Oman July 16, 2019. Picture taken July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

U.S. Sailors man the bridge of USS Boxer (LHD-4) in the Arabian Sea off Oman July 16, 2019. Picture taken July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

F/A-18F aircrafts are seen on the deck of USS Abraham Lincoln in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah