DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The U.S. Navy says it has conducted exercises in the Arabian Sea with an aircraft carrier strike group ordered to the Persian Gulf to counter an alleged, unspecified threat from Iran.

The Navy said Sunday the exercises and training were conducted with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps, highlighting American "lethality and agility to respond to threat,” as well as to deter conflict and preserve U.S. strategic interests.

The amphibious assault ship Kearsarge and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Bainbridge sail in formation on May 17 as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in the Arabian Sea. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur/Navy via AP)
The amphibious assault ship Kearsarge and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Bainbridge sail in formation on May 17 as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in the Arabian Sea. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur/Navy via AP)

Also taking part in exercises were the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, both deployed to the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operations in the Persian Gulf.

The Navy says the exercises, conducted Friday and Saturday, included air-to-air training and steaming in formation and maneuvering.