US Strike Group Headed to Red Sea, Syria

Major naval force assembling in eastern Med

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 2, 2013 1:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – While President Obama waits for Congress to vote on a strike on Syria, the US is building up its naval force in the region. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its strike group are now moving toward the Red Sea to be in place if it is needed, Reuters reports. The carrier group had been due to sail back to its home port in Washington state. The USS San Antonio , which carries 300 Marines, has diverted to join five American destroyers already in the eastern Mediterranean and could serve as a staging post for special forces troops, officials say. The American destroyers are carrying around 200 Tomahawk missiles —twice as many as experts say would be needed for a limited strike on Syria.

US Navy crew members work on a fighter jet aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier.
US Navy crew members work on a fighter jet aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier.   (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)
Carrying some 5,000 sailors, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and four other ships dock for a port call in Hong Kong.
Carrying some 5,000 sailors, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and four other ships dock for a port call in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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