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    U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation needed

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    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.
    The U.S. military also maintains three to four ships off the coast of Israel that are capable of shooting down ballistic missiles. That deployment has stretch for some months in the face of a potential ballistic threat from Iran.
    U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation needed – CNN Security Clearance - CNN.com Blogs

    DH was just talking the other day about some of the BMD ships that would be on high alert right now. I guess this is confirmation that the Navy is stepping into action.
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    U.S. sends warships near Israel

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    November 19th, 2012
    02:34 PM ET
    U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation needed

    By Barbara Starr

    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.

    The U.S. military also maintains three to four ships off the coast of Israel that are capable of shooting down ballistic missiles. That deployment has stretch for some months in the face of a potential ballistic threat from Iran.
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    I am glad we are there in a strictly non-militarisitc role, and I hope it stays that way. The, god, probably 7 or 8 Americans that I know, personally, living there have no intention of leaving though.
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    That's DB's ship

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    That stinks so bad for the crew and families. 8mo already....and who knows how much longer. Sorry lepus....
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_lepus View Post
    That's DB's ship
    I'm so sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_lepus View Post
    That's DB's ship
    DB on USS Gunston...
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    Quote Originally Posted by geneva_diva View Post
    DB on USS Gunston...
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    Quote Originally Posted by geneva_diva View Post
    DB on USS Gunston...
    Db is on the New York. He says the ship is running out of food and morale is at an all time low. Hang in there and let me know if you need anything

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