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The Pentagon on Monday announced the latest addition to the Gulf armada: the USS Mesa Verde, an amphibious docking ship.

According to a statement from Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby on the USS Mesa Verde: “Its presence in the Gulf adds to that of other U.S. naval ships already there and provides the commander-in-chief additional options to protect American citizens and interests in Iraq, should he choose to use them.”

This ship and its Osprey aircraft presumably would be used to evacuate Americans from Iraq.