A U.S. aircraft carrier sailed into the Gulf on Friday, becoming the first since America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May and breaking the longest carrier absence in the volatile region since at least the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
A member of the flight crew of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier walks past an F/A-18 fighter jet on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (AP)
The USS Mitscher, center, and other vessels in a strike group sail behind the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (AP)