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USS Nimitz carrier group heads to Syria 'should we be needed'

USS Nimitz carrier strike group, with four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but has rerouted toward Syria to be available if orders come.

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A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, May 23, 2013. The Nimitz carrier group has not received orders to move to the Red Sea, but the carrier group has rerouted that direction anyway, in case orders should come.

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The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group are heading west toward the Red Sea to help support a limited US strike on Syria, if needed, defense officials said on Sunday.

The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked.

"It's about leveraging the assets to have them in place should the capabilities of the carrier strike group and the presence be needed," said the official.

 
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