U.S. Sending 1,000 Marines on Assault Ship to Libya


The United States is sending about 1,000 Marines on the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan to Libya’s coast as the security situation deteriorates in that nation. The Marines are trained in a number of contingency missions, including TRAPS (Tactical Recovery of Air Planes/Personnel behind enemy lines) and NEO Operations (Non-combatant Evacuation operations), which would be especially useful if American citizens need to be quickly evacuated from that country. The Marines have a number of tools at their disposal, including fast Osprey helicopters, conventional helicopters, LCAC amphibious landing craft and the full arsenal of weapons found in an infantry battalion.

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