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U.S. Aircraft Carrier Joins B-52 Stratofortress for Middle East Strike Exercise

A B-52 Stratofortress bomber and an aircraft carrier currently transiting the Arabian Gulf conducted a joint exercise Sunday, the U.S. military confirmed.

The U.S. Air Force released a statement today confirming the exercise saw F/A-18 Super Hornets, MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and E-2D Growlers from the USS Abraham Lincoln work with the B-52 bomber.

The Air Force says the aircraft also “simulated strike operations” in the exercise, which took place on Saturday.

The White House dispatched the Lincoln and its strike force to the Middle East in May over a threat it did not describe at the time.

The USS Abraham Lincoln is a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Commissioned in 1989, it has berthing to carry over 6,000 officers and enlisted sailors. At 332 meters (1,092 feet), it is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall.

The carrier has a 4.5-acre flight deck that carries F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and other aircraft.