The U.S. Navy is sending the ships to the Mediterranean sea in a show of strength because of tensions with Syria and political uncertainty in Lebanon.
Adm. Michael Mullen who is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters
that the move should not be viewed as a threat or in response to events in any single country in that region.
Mullen also said that the ships will be in the area for a while and that the move will simply signal that the U.S. is engaged and make it's presence known because that part of the world is very important.
Another source said that the USS Cole, a Navy guided missile destroyer, was headed for patrol in the eastern Mediterranean and there will be two refueling ships accompanying it.
An amphibious warship is also headed in that direction on a normally scheduled deployment, according to the source.
The U.S. Sixth Fleet is based at Naples, Italy and it's area of operation includes the entire Mediterranean sea.
Tensions are running high over a long political deadlock in Lebanon and the United States blame Syria for the impasse and accuses Syria of never giving up its ambitions to control Lebanon.