U.S. carrier to deter Iran passes through Suez Canal

CAIRO, May 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, deployed by President Donald Trump’s administration to the Middle East as a warning to Iran, passed through Egypt’s Suez Canal on Thursday, the Suez Canal Authority said.

FILE PHOTO: The Sterett Destroyer escorts the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz, February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh

The deployment of the carrier strike group is meant to show the United States will retaliate with “unrelenting force” to any attack, national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday.

Iran has dismissed announcement of a U.S. aircraft carrier deployment as old news, recycled for psychological warfare.

(Reporting by Sami Aboudi; Writing by Yousef Saba Editing by Gareth Jones)