29 Aug '13, 3pm

US Sends 5th Destroyer To Eastern Med

WASHINGTON — The US Navy has deployed a fifth destroyer to the eastern Mediterranean, a defense official told AFP on Thursday, as expectations grow of an imminent strike on Syria. The Stout, a guided missile destroyer, is “in the Mediterranean, heading and moving east” to relieve the Mahan, said the official, who said both ships might remain in place for the time being. Other destroyers in the region — the Ramage, the Barry and the Gravely — criss-cross the Mediterranean and could launch their Tomahawk missiles toward Syria if so directed by President Barack Obama. The defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not say how long the Mahan would stay in the area before returning to its home port of Norfolk, Va., which it left in December. It is normal for three destroyers to patrol the Mediterranean under the authority of the US Sixth Fleet, primarily in an an...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130829/DEFREG02/3082...

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