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Converted Ship Deploys To Middle East To Serve As Staging Base

June 05 2012


The Navy has deployed a retrofitted transport dock to the Middle East to serve as a staging base, reports the Virginian-Pilot (Hampton Roads, Va.).

USS Ponce was scheduled to be decommissioned after it returned to Norfolk, Va., in December following what was to be its last deployment.

The Navy then decided to use the ship to fill a longstanding request from U.S. Central Command for a waterborne staging base, which would support helicopters, patrol boats and personnel in the...

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