United States Military Warships Sent To The Suez Canal
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Suez : Egypt | Feb 11, 2011 at 10:26 AM PST
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The arrival of U.S. naval, marine and air forces in the Suez Canal’s Greater Bitter Lake could indicate that the crisis in Egypt is swerving out of control.

The independent internet site DEBKAfile filed a report stating military sources report that the American force consists of the USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group of six warships. Helicopters on some of their decks are there to carry and drop the 2,200 marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit which has been bolstered by two special operations battalions.

Though the presence of the US military is not considered influential with the already volatile situation in Egypt, it is incredibly important to protect the Suez Canal as well as nearby pipelines. If shipments through the vital waterway are disrupted, or the flow of nearby pipelines cut off, the world will feel a major economic impact as energy prices would necessarily rise. Concerns were raised about the threat to the area after the massive explosion at a natural gas terminal in Egypt just days ago.

More than two million barrels of oil and petroleum products traverse the Suez Canal daily, speeding the transit of crude and gas supplies that shippers would otherwise have to send around the Horn of Africa, prolonging delivery times and expenses. About 4.5 percent of global oil supplies flow through the canal and the Sumed pipeline, which connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean.

About 14 percent of the global liquefied natural gas trade is shipped through the canal as well, providing critical supplies to Spain, and to a lesser extent, South Korea and the United States.”

Suez Canal Is Highway For Delivery of Supplies To Afghanistan

The U.S. has a vested interest in keeping the Canal open. Elongated movement is the delivery of cargo and sustainment of supplies to Afghanistan. Ships carry cargo across the Mediterranean Sea, through the Suez Canal, and over the Indian Ocean to Karachi, Pakistan. The cargo is offloaded at Karachi and transported by truck north into Afghanistan. . In addition to C–17 airlift, materiel moves on trains through Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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American force consists of the USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group of six warships. Helicopters on some of their decks are there to carry and drop the 2,200 marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit which has been bolstered by two special operations battalions.
Dava Castillo is based in Clearlake, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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