U.S. Navy ships in Red Sea move close to Egypt as precaution


The U.S. aircraft carrier Kearsarge.

Illustration: The U.S. aircraft carrier Kearsarge. Photo by Jacky Poms
Move will enable easier movement of helicopters and other equipment if needed, U.S. Marine Corps officials say, ‘Because we don’t know what’s going to happen.’

Two U.S. Navy ships patrolling in the Middle East moved closer to Egypt’sRed Sea coast in recent days, the top Marine Corps general said on Thursday, in what appeared to be a precautionary move after the military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

The United States often sends Navy vessels close to countries in turmoil in case it needs to protect or evacuate U.S. citizens or take part in humanitarian assistance. Their presence does not necessarily mean the United States is preparing to carry out military action.

“Egypt is (in) a crisis right now,” Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos told the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank. “When that happens…

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