LHD-5, USS Bataan, is a Wasp-Class multipurpose assault ship. The Bataan is currently carrying  8 VMM-263’s MV-22 Ospreys, HMLA-269’s 4 AH1Z Vipers, 4 HMH464’s CH53E’s and 6 VMA-223’s AV8Bs as well as HSC-22’s MH60S’s . Also aboard can be upwards of 2000 Marines. All that fire power is now in the Mediterranean Sea on patrol. Some think it will join the LPD-19 in the Persian Gulf soon by passing through the Suez Canal into the Arabian Sea thereby reconstituting the force. With the Bush engaged in air strikes, more is better and it is possible that the Bataan is headed east.

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