The U.S. Navy said Sunday it will hold a major naval exercise alongside Belgium, France, and Japan in the Mideast amid tensions over Iran’s nuclear program in the region. The Group Arabian Sea Warfare Exercise will see ships from the four countries conduct drills in the Arabian Sea and the
The Gulf of Oman. Ships involved include the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, as well as the
amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island. The Belgian frigate HNLMS Leopold I and the Japanese destroyer JS Ariake also will take part, as well as aircraft from the four nations.