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US to move its Navy ships and aircraft closer to Israel – NBC News

Sunday, 8 October 2023, 20:39
US to move its Navy ships and aircraft closer to Israel – NBC News
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The United States wants to redeploy US Navy ships and aircraft closer to Israel.

Source: NBC News, with reference to "two US officials familiar with the planning"

Quote from NBC News: "The US plans to move Navy ships and aircraft closer to Israel as a show of support, as it weighs plans to evacuate American civilians, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the planning."


Details: NBC News reported that this includes "thousands of US military service members, the USS Gerald R Ford carrier strike group (carrier, cruiser, destroyers and aircraft), and additional USAF F35s, F15s, F16s, and A10s", all of which are expected to be redeployed to the region. The US will also supply Israel with more munitions and equipment.

According to the NBC News sources, the redeployment might start immediately, but it will take several days for "all the assets" to be in place.

The US is also working through plans for a possible non-combatant evacuation to help Americans get out of Israel.

"Nothing has been decided or ordered, but officials are working through options, including one that involves putting some Americans on the Navy ships to get them to safety," NBC News reported.


  • On 8 October, the White House said that US President Joe Biden had ordered "additional support" to Israel "in the face of this unprecedented terrorist assault by Hamas".
  • The White House statement did not disclose any additional information regarding this additional support.
  • The number of people killed in the Hamas attack on Israel exceeded 700, and more than 2,100 were injured as of the evening of Sunday, 8 October.

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