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Navy to Escort U.S.-Merchant Ships in Persian Gulf

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    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with U.S. military personnel at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.

    American merchant ships may request a military escort into and out of the Persian Gulf, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said on Thursday. The move after Iran's military seized the Maersk Tigris, a cargo ship flagged to the Marshall Islands, Tuesday in the Strait of Hormuz. The Tigris remains anchored in Iranian territorial waters, NBC News reported. U.S. Military Sealift Command and U.S. government contract vessels accompanied four ships through the Strait of Hormuz — three inbound and one outbound - on Thursday.