Military Assets Sent to Libya


After the tragic events that have taken place in Libya over the last 48 hours, the United States has moved in military assets in a show of force. The Associated Press reports:

50 Marines are part of an elite rapid-response team and they were sent to assess and reinforce security in Libya in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador there and three other Americans.

Known as a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, or FAST, the team’s role is to respond on short notice to terrorism threats and to bolster security at U.S. embassies. They operate worldwide, and the team that went is one of two that are based in Spain.

The Pentagon also ordered two Navy destroyers to the Libyan coast. Officials said the ships, the USS McFaul and USS Laboon, which carry Tomahawk cruise missiles, did not have a specific mission, but they give commanders flexibility to respond to any mission ordered by the president. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

While the two Arleigh Burke class destroyers do not provide the kind of military presence that a carrier battle group or even an amphibious ready group do, they do provide significant military assets. In addition to carrying cruise missiles, the ships can collect and provide intelligence to fleet commanders. As well as provide support for Special Forces.

Photo: USS Laboon by US Navy

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