UPDATE: USS Cole to Lebanon

Iwo Jima ESG Directed to Assist Departure

This means that the USS Cole, damaged by terrorists in Yemen in 2000, will play a role in the evacuation of up to 25,000 US citizens from Lebanon.

The Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group consists of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS Nashville (LPD 13) and USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). USS Trenton (LPD 14) and High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) have also joined the strike group.

The Swift’s high speed, shallow draft, and large cargo capacity will come in handy if things get dicey. As will the LCACs (Landing Craft Air Cushion) on the Whidbey Island.

Hopefully things won’t get as bad as needing to resort to that.

Incidentally, recall that the Iwo Jima expeditionary strike group played a big part in post-Katrina operations in the Gulf of Mexico last summer. (That was before the Cole re-joined the fleet.)


  1. They also have the 24th MEU, which includes 1st Battalion, 8th Marines if things get ‘dicey.’ If they hit dry land things will get incredibly dicey. They are the SAME Battalion that was bombed in Beirut in 1983! I guarantee that there is not a Marine or Corpsman in the Battalion who is not fully aware who killed our brothers. Hezbollah has a very large amount of payback due on their account. Forget rescuing civilians. Let 1/8 in on the kill of those f%#@!&#^%$#.

  2. Marines are like elephants with high powered weapons – we never forget. I the Prez wants to fight a war on terror, let 1/8 loose.

  3. What is wrong with you chicken hawk POSs? 1/8 just got done taking the lead in the November siege of Fallujah in that ridiculous profiteering war your president started. my brother’s platoon in 1/8 took casualties approaching 50% in Fallujah. Since then, one guy in the platoon committed suicide and another is very section 8. Now you want to stand on the sidelines in your trailers smoking meth and screwing your sisters, and watch more young men die for your notion of revenge over something that happened 23 years ago? The guys who controlled Hezbollah back then are long dead. I just want to see 1/8 return home safely. In the meantime, join up or shut up. Maybe this post will be removed, but this deserves to be said.