U.S. to deploy more ships to support Libya planning

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:50 PM
U.S. to deploy more ships to support Libya planning

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will deploy additional amphibious ships to the Mediterranean, the military said on Friday, as part of the Obama administration's plans for responding to ongoing violence in Libya.

The USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group will deploy on March 23 "ahead of its original schedule in order to relieve units from the USS Kearsarge (Amphibious Ready Group) currently positioned in the Mediterranean Sea," it said in a statement.

The arriving group includes the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, based in Virginia, and other ships.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart, editing by Philip Barbara)