* The USS Iwo Jima and embarked members of the 26th Marine Expeditionary spent all of May 2018 in the Red Sea.
* The ship and the Marines were loitering there to react in case of violence related to President Donald Trump’s move of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Marines embarked with the 26th Marine Expeditionary in 2018 were on high alert to provide quick reaction forces in the event of violence stemming from the controversial move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, according to a military document.
The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima loitered in the North Red Sea for the entire month of May in 2018 after assuming an “elevated crisis response posture” in response to the US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a command chronology of the 26th MEU detailed.
The command chronology, obtained by Marine Corps Times through a government records request, is a historical archived record of the MEU’s actions and exploits.
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WNU editor: Thankfully they were not needed.