posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 08:50 AM
reply to post by Catacomb
The presence of the USS San Antonio, or LPD17 as she's commonly known, really has nothing to do with the possible attack on Syria. I know this
because the San Antonio is the ship that just relieved my son's ship, the USS Green Bay or LPD 20, which was on station in the middle east for about 8
While these ships do indeed carry approx. 800 marines onboard for rapid deployment, this one was not sent to the region specifically for this Syria
showdown. We always keep at least one of these amphibious transport dock ships in the region, "just in case" a rapid response is needed that includes
"boots on the ground," anywhere in the region and NOT specifically for Syria.
During my son's last deployment in the region, they made several ports of call for various reasons and the fact that the USS San Antonio is currently
in Israel is not uncommon at all. My son's ship made calls on ports in the Persian Gulf as well as ports in the Med. and many other places, both
coming and going to the middle east.
While on deployment, the crews of these amphibious ships perform many functions including catching shipping pirates off the coast of Somalia to
supporting covert missions in the region, including those carried out by navy seals. I know you probably don't want to hear this but they also
participate in some more charitable undertakings like building schools, hospitals and roads in underdeveloped countries. Oh yeah, and from time to
time the Marines even go ashore for training exercises in countries like Jordan and Turkey. I would be willing to bet that these troops are far more
likely to find themselves ashore aiding refugees from this conflict than actually participating in it. Go figure!
Boots on the ground? Maybe, then again maybe not. But to say that their presence in the Med. somehow signifies that President Obama is lying about
his intentions with respect to "boots on the ground" in Syria is just absurd.
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