29 Aug '13, 3pm

Official: 5th destroyer headed to the Med

The destroyer Stout is en route to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, marking the fifth destroyer to be positioned near Syria, a defense official tells Navy Times. It’s unclear how long five destroyers would be in the area, but the official said all are expected to remain “for the time being.” The Stout is expected to arrive in the eastern Med later today, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The other destroyers in the eastern Med include the Mahan, Barry, Gravely and Ramage. The Ramage arrived there late last week and was initially tapped to replace Mahan. The Stout was slated to replace Barry, the official said. Typically, the Navy has been operating with three destroyers in the Med, but top leaders deemed it prudent to keep all five in place as the U.S. weighs an attack on Syria. The Navy has also beefed up its presence in the Persian Gulf region, inc...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20130829/NEWS08/3082...

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