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Ships to set sail for Mediterranean terror deployment
Some of the five Navy ships deploying unexpectedly from the East Coast will be spending their deployment in the Mediterranean, according to Navy officials.
The ships and their 2,500 sailors are making the deployment, according to a press release from the Norfolk, Va.-based 2nd Fleet, to “detect [and] disrupt international terrorist organizations’ use of the maritime environment.”
“These ships are coming for identified purposes, not just for a regularly scheduled deployment, and we are eager to put them to work … .”
The ships will be working in conjunction with other nations, including NATO allies and countries in northern Africa
The deployments are being made through the Fleet Response Plan, which last summer deployed dozens of ships, including seven aircraft carrier groups.
FRP is designed to get ships ready for deployment sooner than in the past and keep them ready longer in case they are called to deploy unexpectedly, according to 2nd Fleet commander Vice Adm. Mark Fitzgerald.
three-month deployment to work with allies to detect, disrupt, and deny international terrorist organizations the use of the maritime environment
Navy Surges Ships To Deny Terrorists Use Of Maritime Environment
USS Saipan (LHA 2) and two other Norfolk Naval Station-based ships deployed May 25, under the Fleet Response Plan (FRP), in support of the global war on terrorism.
Saipan is one of five East Coast ships carrying more than 2,800 Sailors rapidly deploying or “surging” for an approximately three-month deployment to the European and Central Command maritime areas of responsibility.
Norway Post: US aircraft carrier visits Oslo
7. Juni 2005
The US aircraft carrier "USS Saipan" has arrived in Oslo, one of several foreign naval vessels to mark the centennial celebrations of the peaceful dissolving of the union between Norway and Sweden in 1905.
The 250 metre long carrier was escorted up the Oslo fjord by a number of Norwegian naval vessels and police patrol boats.