US Navy Sends Warships near Israel
The U.S. Navy is sending three warships to the Mediterranean, near Israel in case evacuation of its citizens from Israel is needed, according to the CNN.com.
The warships that the U.S. Navy has sent near Israel are:
USS New York (Complement: 28 officers, 332 enlisted), USS Gunston Hall (Complement: 22 officers, 391 enlisted) and USS Iwo Jima (Complement: 73 Officers, 1009 Enlisted).
The ships will remain in the Mediterranean for now.
U.S. officials stressed that an evacuation remains an extremely remote possibility and the president’s administration is not currently planning for one.
Americans who wish to leave Israel are able to do so using commercial airlines.
Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv continues to operate as usual; however, air traffic controllers have altered flight paths to keep commercial aircraft away from incoming Hamas rockets and Iron Dome defensive missiles, reports the Blaze.com.
The Air France has announced that due to the armed conflict, there may be disruption to its flights in and out of the country.
Naval Today Staff, November 20, 2012