Aboard The USS John C. Stennis (AP) -- In an exercise that's sure to heighten tensions with Iran, the US Navy has been staging its largest show of force in the Persian Gulf since the invasion of Iraq.
The exercise included 15 warships and more than 100 aircraft. Iran has frequently criticized American presence off its coast and is in a face-off with the West over its nuclear program and its capture of a British naval team.
US commanders are insisting that the exercise is not in response to the seizure of the British sailors, but says it was intended as a warning.
The exercises began four days after Iranian forces detained the 15 Britons for allegedly being in Iranian territorial waters.
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