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The U.S. Navy says a limpet mine put a hole in this Panama-flagged, Japanese-owned tanker anchored off Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The limpet mines used to attack the tanker near the Strait of Hormuz resemble mines displayed by Iran, a Navy explosives expert said Wednesday. Iran denies being involved. Fay Abuelgasim/AP hide caption

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The USS Arlington, shown in December in Morehead City, N.C., has been sent to the Middle East to bolster an aircraft carrier force sent to counter alleged threats from Iran. MC3 Chris Roys/Navy Office of Information/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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