DoD Briefing with Vice Admiral Walsh from Bahrain
Here he is laying out the plans for the evacuation of Lebanon.
He includes the estimated use of US Navy ships and the preparation necessary in the event force is needed.
MODERATOR: Let's go ahead and get started. Good afternoon, and to Vice Admiral Patrick Walsh, good evening, and thank you for taking the time this
evening from Bahrain. Our briefer is Vice Admiral Patrick Walsh, who is the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet.
Vice Admiral Walsh and his staff are coordinating the U.S. military's assistance to the departure of Americans from Lebanon. He is speaking to you
outside his headquarters in Bahrain.
We have six ships coming out of our area of responsibility, which includes ships from the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba that are
enroute. This is part of the Expeditionary Strike Group led by the Iwo Jima, and in conjunction with our European Command, we have three ships that
are flowing in into the Mediterranean -- eastern Mediterranean -- excuse me -- enroute to the joint operating area off the coast of Beirut.
Well, this is our rapid response capability. They're capable of amphibious operations day and night, all weather. They're also capable of operations
that are conventional in terms of an authorized departure like this. And so this is a core Marine competency; this is part of the effort here that
Marines train to, to be able to handle and facilitate the movement of this large number of people over to Cyprus. So remember, they have an air
element that will be part of the effort. They have a ground element that we will have in ready reserve in the event that we need them. And they also
have a support group that will be part of facilitating this mission.
At that point, I don't think it would be helpful to speculate any further in terms of going ashore or future operations that may involve or may not
involve the use of amphibious Marines ashore. So let's leave it at that, and then we'll talk further in the event that the environment changes.
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It looks as if we are moving a lot of resources into the area and I can not help but think that with our relations being what they are, and tensions
at the level they are, that a confrontation is inevitable.
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