US warships arrive in Crete

05 Mar

The USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship

March 5, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM ) — The United States Navy says two warships carrying 1,300 US Marines have arrived at a US base on the Greek island of Crete, as reported by Iranian television PRESS TV.IR on Saturday.

The move is part of a military buildup around Libya by forces from several countries.

The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge and the USS Ponce, carrying a total of around 4,000 personnel, including the Marines, arrived at the base on Friday, Souda Bay navy base spokesman Paul Farley said, according to an AP report.

Another 400 Marines, from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, arrived in Crete two days ago.

Over the past few days, Western powers have been discussing the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone over Libya.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Washington is looking at a full range of options on Libya.

However, NATO member states remain divided on whether to take military action against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Late on Friday, about 100 supporters of Greece’s Communist Party held a rally in the Cretan city of Hania, which is located near the base, to protest against the arrival of the US forces.   (*)

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