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article imageU.S Navy ship Mesa Verde arrives in Persian Gulf with 550 marines

By Paul Iddon     Jun 16, 2014 in Politics
The U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde arrived in the Persian Gulf today with an estimated 550 Marines aboard increasing the U.S. naval force in that region.
Straits Times quotes U.S. Rear Admiral John Kirby who explained that, "It's presence in the Gulf adds to that of other U.S. naval ships already there — including the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush — and provides the commander-in-chief additional options to protect American citizens and interests in Iraq, should he choose to use them."
The ships deployment comes as the U.S. mulls its option regarding the increasing threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) Islamist terrorist group who have seized large swaths of territory in recent days.
Whilst the Obama administration has said "all options are on the table" it has also said it will not be putting "boots on the ground" in Iraq. President Barack Obama has said that he is consulting his national security team in order to "prepare a range of other options." This leads one to reasonably speculate that the Mesa Verde's deployment to the Gulf is in order to protect Americans presently in Iraq in short order.
The Verde can carry four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two Osprey MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft which can each transport about 22 marines at a time.
India Times carries a report which quotes the Pentagon explaining in a statement that, "USS Mesa Verde is capable of conducting a variety of quick reaction and crisis response operations. The ship carries of a complement of MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft."
NBC News also reports that the aforementioned aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush has been deployed along with the guided missile cruiser Philippine Sea and the missile destroyer Truxtun.
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