US Sends Warships to Israel For Evacuation Purposes

USS Iwo Jima

The US Navy is sending amphibious warships to the eastern Mediterranean in case an evacuation of American citizens from Israel is needed.
CNN reported, via IMRA:

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.

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

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 ships involved are the USS Iwo Jima, the USS New York and the USS
Gunston Hall.

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  • How about sending some big guns and bombs?

  • ShawnP

    That’s the old 1960’s Iwo Jima. Update with USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7)……..Here’s a good pic circa 2008

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  • dwdude

    why would any metrosexual reporter know the difference? “This is due diligence. It is better to be prepared should there be a need,” so, again, what happened in benghazi?

  • EmilyRose

    The LAST thing Israel needs is for America to stick it’s long skinny nose into this little war! The first thing the pro-Muslim Obama mis-administration is going to do is try and twist Israel’s arm, while giving the Pali’s money to stop shooting missile’s.

    Everyone cheers, thinking the ships are going to help Israel. heh. That is the last thing on their list of objectives. American diplomatic treachery (shown time-after-time) will end up screwing Israel and feeding the Pali monster.

  • Joscefi

    Is this Obama showing a vote of confidence, ….

    …in Hamas?

  • Sasja

    Someone on another blog posted this. It does show the Israeli spirit.
    He explains…

    One morning a man gets up and he feels he is a nation and he starts to travel out.
    Whoever he meets on his way, he greets with “Shalom.”

  • Captain Ned


    It’s Gator Navy, not brown-shoe Navy. Those hulls will take off all US citizens in harm’s way without getting in the middle of conflict unless conflict comes to it (if only Benghazi had a Gator Navy off-shore).

    To get your panties in their proper knot you’ll need CVNs, which don’t appear to be part of the package as yet.

  • Mass murderhood

    Send Planned parenthood. They evacuate hundreds of Americans every day.

  • Time

    He is showing good faith this time around. Trying to take off some of the heat for stand down on his last assignment. So, he is preparing ahead of time, getting all ducks in a row to save American lives in the event it is needed. This way no one will accuse him of waiting it out, taking too long to get in there and evacuate.. Playing his cards …

  • ShawnP

    Almost a hour now Gateway Pundit. Update the cover photo of the Iwo Jima. It’s embarrassing to see a ship that hasn’t been around for a decade plus on the cover of a major national story. If you can’t fit my pic in…………go to and search for images of the Iwo Jima.

  • Joe College

    This is a tacit admission of what he didn’t do in Benghazi.

  • Linda Bernard

    To bad the President did not feel that way Sept 11, 2012 for the four Americans that died.

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  • DomesticGoddess

    To avoid another Benghazi, he is offer Americans the chance to evacuate. When the offer closes, he will wash his hands of Israel.

  • Redwine

    Knowing Americans in Israel as well as I do, those ships will be pretty empty.

  • bigL

    when I first readthe headline, I thought ‘Oh no! we are now evacuating Palis?”

  • Andy S.

    The pic of Iwo Jima is a ship that has long been decommissioned, as noted by Shawn P. The current commissioned Iwo Jima is much prettier, but I doubt if it ever recovered any Apollo capsules. BTW, I once passed by the island of Io Jima, and noted the difference in spelling on the chart (a DMA product.)

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  • OldSailor

    when I first readthe headline, I thought ‘Oh no! we are now evacuating Palis?”

    Wouldn’t be the first time. Anyone remember when Yasser Arafat and the rest of his Pali fighters were “evacuated” back in the 1970’s? What we shoulda done was airlift them halfway to Crete and drop them off to walk the rest of the way (from mid-ocean.)

    Maybe we’ll get it right this time (but I doubt it.)

  • Trish

    I was so fortunate to have been able to visit Israel in May of ’09, soon after the Lebanon conflict, in fact. Never felt safer. I felt more secure in Israel than in parts of my own city. My friends and family were scared I wouldn’t come back; they thought I’d join the IDF. They had reason to worry.

  • nadadhimmi

    Maybe Obama is giving the ok to the moslem hoards to go all out against the Jews. It’s after the election; remember, Obama now has more “flexability”.

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