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Mayport ships could be vital if Congress authorizes strike on Syria

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Updated: 9/04/2013 9:36 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A strike could be imminent if Congress gives President Obama authorization to take action on Syrian targets.

According to a United States Navy press release, guided missile cruiser the USS Gettysburg left Naval Station Mayport in July to join the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group on a scheduled deployment. However, the location of the ship is unclear due to safety reasons.

According to Navy Adm. Robert Natter, our local ships could play a vital role if the action is carried out.

"If required, the Navy could call on any of the cruisers or destroyers that are home ported in Mayport to participate in potential actions there," said Natter. "What it means is Mayport continues to be an important home port for the Atlantic fleet."

Local Syrians Tony and Hazar Kassis fear that news of a potential strike means the ongoing civil war in their country is far from over.

"We are really concerned and worried about this decision," said Tony Kassis. "Our biggest fear is chaos and the aftermath," said Hazar Kassis.

The decision now lies in the hands of Congress which does not return until Sept. 9.
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Realchange - 9/1/2013 2:22 PM
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Most likely the battle group will also consist of a lot attack subs as well. 2 to 3 carriers would also most likely be sent to the area not to send in sorties necessarily but to provide air strike protection from any planes of Assad stupid enough to make run on our surface ships. The biggest challenge from the attack would be not hitting the Russian base in the area. It could escalate the situation badly if that were to happen. Still to let Assad to get away with the war crimes he has committed is insane. It's like letting a small Hitler do as he pleases genocidal as long as it stays in his own borders. With Hezbollah supporting him the rebels are caught between a rock and hard place. The time to act is now not 3 weeks from now. It should be very very severe strike and contrary to what has been said, we should be looking to take Assad head with a missile strike if he should pop his weasel face up. If he survive the strike he should be looking a nearly certain loss as his heavy equipment is all but destroyed. That would send the right message about killing children in cold deliberate blood.
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