US Military Now Considering Sending Even More Ships To Mediterranean
increasing the American military presence in the east Mediterranean, Barbara Starr of CNNreports.”From there, you can get to a lot of places in a short period of time,” one military official with direct knowledge of the discussions told CNN. “What we are looking at is what is our presence in the region and what should it be.”
Starr notes that the easiest option would be to extend deployments of Navy ships passing through the region. That was done this week when three warships on reserve—carrying more than 2,000 Marines, Harrier jets, V-22 tilt rotor aircraft and a variety of helicopters— was ordered to head to Israel in case Americans needed evacuation in a worst case scenario.
“This is post-Benghazi,” the official said. “We’re looking at instability in Libya, Egypt, Syria and now Israel and Gaza.”
Starr notes the Navy previously announced that four warships capable of providing ballistic missile defense—the USS Ross, the USS Donald Cook, the USS Carney and the USS Porter—will now be based at Rota, Spain.