Skip to comments.U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation needed
Posted on 11/19/2012 5:22:18 PM PST by Nachum
Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, according to two U.S. officials.
The officials stressed an evacuation remains an extremely remote possibility and the Obama administration is not currently planning for one. Americans who wish to leave the region now are able to do so using commercial airlines.
But the decision to send the ships even if the event is such a remote contingency underscores the growing concern about where the Israel-Gaza conflict could be headed.
"This is due diligence. It is better to be prepared should there be a need," one official said Monday. Both officials said the ships would be used only for assisting Americans and not for any combat role.
The most immediate impact will be on the ships' crews and the estimated 2,500 Marines on board. They had been scheduled to return to Norfolk, Virginia, just after Thanksgiving; their homecoming will now be delayed several days depending on events, the officials said.
The ships involved are the USS Iwo Jima, the USS New York and the USS Gunston Hall. At the end of last week the ships were west of Gibraltar, before the decision was made to turn them around and send them back to the eastern Mediterranean, where they will remain for now.
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“See, I care about our people. Now knock off this Benghazi stuff.”
What a poser...
I got my US/Israel Fight Against Terrorism bumper sticker on my vehicle over the weekend —
Invade and destroy those miserable animals - push them back into Egypt or the sea!
GO ISRAEL!!! KICK THE LIVING CRAP OUT OF THOSE MUZZIES!!!
Will the American Citizens have to show ID? Or will all the Hamas leaders be the first on board as the Israels drive them into the sea?
Flight had with already left or was leavIng ASAP.
... Which is why we moved three ships into the area and made a big announcement that we were fully prepared to evacuate.
I don’t think this has happened before. Must be a Hussein feely good ploy. I would think any concerned Americans are on planes out of there. Why three ships? That many? Maybe to save Hamas terrorists, they are Muslim brothers after all.
I wonder if anyone here knows what happens with the tour groups that are in Isael?
I ask this because I had a friend that returned one day before the TSHTF.
She said there are busloads of tourists arriving. Surely thay can’t allow these folks to visit their religious sites.
Evacuating Hamas, Hezzbollah, PLO and Syrian leaders, right?
Will they be relocated to the Bahamas like the terrorists from Gitmo?
Out of Guantánamo, Uighurs Bask in Bermuda
No , but we’ve never had a muslim commander in chief before
this idiot president embarrasses me - he need a trip to the woodshed
We should have war ships there in Israel’s defense being “in their face” with face with anybody that thinks they want some.
Oh, so we do have ships in the Mediterranean still!?! Just not to help Americans being killed by al Qaeda.
That’s funny, Obama wasn’t fully prepared on September 11, 2011.
If the evil Odumbo ordered our troops to attack Israel, what would they do?
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