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Britain has confirmed it's deployed military assets near Yemen but it won't comment on reports that ships are on standby in the Gulf to evacuate British nationals.
A British naval contingent has been stationed off the coast of Yemen in readiness to extract UK nationals and citizens of allied nations amid fears that the country will descend further into chaos following the departure of its beleaguered president
Around 80 Royal Marines aboard the Fort Victoria will help provide a bridgehead if an evacuation becomes necessary, with another ship, Cardigan Bay, currently on its way to provide further support to the mission.
The 31,000-tonne Fort Victoria and 17,000-tonne Cardigan Bay, both equipped with helicopters and landing craft, are from a UK fleet in the Mediterranean tasked with organising contingency plans for rescuing Britons from both Syria and Yemen as well as conducting military operations in Libya.