Kearsarge ARG: thru Canal, to Libyan Coast

Police say a gunman fired shots at U.S. soldiers on a bus outside Frankfurt airport March 2, killing two people and wounding two before being taken into custody.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ordered the amphibious attack ship USS Kearsarge and the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport dock to head to the coast of Libya. The two ships passed through the Suez Canal this morning. The Kearsarge is capable of holding 2000 marines.

On Monday the destroyer USS Barry sailed through the Suez Canal and is positioned the southwestern Mediterranean.

The White House stated that the warships are being dispatched to the region in preparation for possible humanitarian efforts but stressed it "was not taking any options off the table", which is diplomatic-speak signifying that military force is a possibility.


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