Friday, July 14, 2006

The USS Iwo Jima and Lebanon

I was watching CNN this AM. They reported that with limited transportation options left, and the closing of the airport, contingencies are being built to airlift remaining Americans out of the tumult. High on the list is re-deploying the amphibious assault group currently in the Red Sea performing maneuvers with Jordan. Yeap, the USS Iwo Jima just might be 'making quick' to the Mediterranean to assist in pulling the remainder of Americans out of the area with their helicopters. You can bet my son will be a busy man!

Reminds me of what Sulu said towards the beginning of 'Wrath of Khan'
"So much for a little training cruise!"

UPDATE: CBS reports:
-- CBS News has learned that an evacuation of Americans from Lebanon will most likely begin next week. The evacuation would be led by the USS Iwo Jima, with Marine helicopters ferrying as many as 8,000 Americans to nearby Cyprus.
Cpl Peterson is an Aircraft mechanic on board the Iwo Jima. You can bet he'll have those helicopters purring like a kitten before they are needed.

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