Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Cmdr. Marc Boyd, spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa, told the Stars and Stripes:
“This is being done as a precautionary measure to allow the Marine team to respond to any crisis or contingency, whatever is out there. It is a prudent measure.”
The three warships were slated to return to Norfolk next week after completing an eight-month deployment before the Navy redirected them towards Israel. Aboard the ships are 2,300 Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp Lejeune.