Friday, February 29, 2008

Empty Ships to Lebanon?

"b" at the MoonOfAlabama has this interesting take on the Armada deploying off the coast of Lebanon, here
".....Why is this odd?
Because the U.S. is sending empty ships.
The USS Nassau is leading an Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) consisting of an amphibious assault ship (Nassau itself), two amphibious dock ships and some cruisers for ass covering. An ESG usually carries a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) consisting of some 2,200 Marines and their material. It deploys these towards land and supports their fighting. The Marines operate their helicopters and vertical take off Harrier planes from Nassau's large flight deck
But as Navy Times reported on February 4 and on February 22, the Nassau Group left for its current mission without its Marines and their material.
That material is already on the way to Afghanistan and the Marines will follow next week or so.
So the Navy is sending big, hulky and vulnerable assault and landing ships towards Lebanon without the troops and most of the air assets that would eventually be needed for an evacuation operation or the like....."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The marines who would normally be on board are currently being greeted with flowers and candy by the now free people of Iraq.