Friday, January 27, 2012

HOT: Pentagon to Send Floating Base to Mideast for Use by Commandos

The U.S. government is definitely looking for trouble.

WaPo reports that the Pentagon is rushing to send a large floating base for commando teams to the Middle East.

In response to requests from the U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, the Navy is converting an aging warship it had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos. Unofficially dubbed a "mothership," the floating base could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs, procurement documents show. WaPo said.

Details of the project became public this week when the Military Sealift Command posted a bid request to retrofit the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport docking ship, on a rush-order basis.

USS Ponce

WaPo says Navy officials acknowledged that they were moving with unusual haste to complete the conversion and send the mothership to the region by early summer.


  1. A better WaPo title would be "US trying to antagonize Iran into firing first shot."

  2. The perfect vessel to have go down in a false flag event to start the new war. Aged, scrap metal value only, a small token to set it all off.

  3. I was struck more by the name. It's named after a city in Puerto Rico, but ponce has an entirely different meaning to your British readers.