U.S. Navy ships in Red Sea move close to Egypt as precaution

WASHINGTON Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:52pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Navy ships patrolling in the Middle East moved closer to Egypt's Red Sea coast in recent days, the top Marine Corps general said on Thursday, in what appeared to be a precautionary move after the military overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi.

The United States often sends Navy vessels close to countries in turmoil in case it needs to protect or evacuate U.S. citizens or take part in humanitarian assistance. Their presence does not necessarily mean the United States is preparing to carry out military action.

"Egypt is (in) a crisis right now," Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos told the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank. "When that happens, what we owe the senior leadership of our nation are some options," Amos said. He did not say what the options were.

U.S. Navy and Marine Corp officials said the two ships, part of a three-ship amphibious readiness group, had been in the region since May, patrolling the Red Sea, Horn of Africa, the Gulf and the Arabian Sea, and that there were no new orders to prepare for a possible conflict in Egypt.

Washington has walked a careful line, neither welcoming Mursi's removal last week nor denouncing it as a "coup." U.S. defense officials on Wednesday said they still planned to send four F-16 fighter jets to the Egyptian government as planned in coming weeks.

Amos said the USS San Antonio, an amphibious transport dock, and the USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship, had moved further north in the Red Sea two or three nights ago to better respond if needed.

U.S. Marine Corps officials said moving amphibious ships closer to shore would enable easier movement of helicopters and other equipment, if it were needed.

"Why? Because we don't know what's going to happen," he said.

Navy officials said the third ship in the group, the USS Carter Hall, remained off the coast of Bahrain in the Gulf.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Alistair Bell and David Storey)

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So the USA is expecting anarchy in/across Egypt.
The big question is whether it will spread across the Middle East and fuel revolutions nobody dares talk about at this moment: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, etc.?
If Egypt collapses, so does all the rest, perhaps including Israel which has massive internal problems that would flare into riot if it weren’t Arab threats to invade. If the Arabs are too busy rioting, and Israel is in no danger, will its residents also riot? Very possibly. Then what will America do — ask the Russians or Chinese or both to intervene (sarcasm)?

Jul 11, 2013 4:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CalvinO wrote:
My question is where was the MARG back in September of 2011 near Benghazi? In 1991 my ship (the USS Guam) hauled it’s behind to Somalia to rescue the embassy staff (plus the personnel from about 20 other embassies). Why didn’t Obama order the same thing then as he appears to be doing now? Election over? Now he has the time and inclination to be president?

Jul 11, 2013 6:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EMTbiker wrote:
‘The Borrwower is the servant to the lender” -solomon and ” he who controls the pursestrings is the true king” Simon De Monteforte. the decadent socialist elite liberal lords of Europe and America must borrow money for their progressive Potemkin Village and to appease their base of parasites who feed off the taxpayers. The Chinese elite lend back some of their free trade profits to the squandering socialist bureaucrats and leaders. The Sunni oil sheiks, who control and support Hammas, Al Qaeda, the Free Syrian Army and Muslim brotherhood also leand back some of their energy profits to the indebted nations of NATO. The International bankers, financiers and plutocrats who control the IMF, World Bank, the Fed, Goldman Sachs and its subsidiary-the US Treasurty also manipulate the Marxist, Bolshevik Bureaucrats and politicians of Europe and America who want to re-create Charles V’s unHoly Roman Empire. Like Benedict Arnold, these progressive politicians betray their country, using UN treaties as a means of treason, to foist their goal of a global ,New World Order, forgetting that “he who is living on borrwed money is living on borrowed time’.

In the case of Egypt, the Sunni oil sheiks of the Persian Gulf have sent their “old men of the mountain” wahabbi jihadist to terrorise and conquer the masses of Egypt, incorporating them into the Sunni Caliphate ruled by Qatar and Riyadh. These oil sheiks have also demanded their vassals and Jannisaries in Washington aid and abbet the Sunni terrorist , like those in the FSA and Muslim Brotherhood, despite the fact 100% of all military casualties and 90% of all terror in Africa, Asia, Europe etc has been perpetrated by the Sunni jihadist that are supported by these sheiks. Not to mention the horrific slaughter of Shia and the attacks upon Shia led nations like Libya and soon, Iran. only Russia, Assad’s Syria and now the brave people of Egypt have withstood this corrupt and Triumvirate of Evil.

Jul 11, 2013 7:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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