(WASHINGTON) -- The USS Enterprise transited the Suez Canal Tuesday en route to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area to support combat operations in the region, according to the Navy.
"Our ability to use the Suez Canal in a routine manner and according to long-standing plans demonstrates the ongoing stability of this important waterway," said Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft, commander, Enterprise CSG.
Meanwhile, Israel has claimed that Iran is sending two warships through the canal to the Mediterranean, although Egyptian authorities under control of the Suez say the claim is unsubstantiated, reports the BBC.
In a statement, Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the movement of Iran warships a "provocation," although he offered no evidence that the ships would be crossing the canal.
According to the Suez Canal Authority, the last time Iranian warships passed through was in 1979.
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