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July 12, 2013 7:36 am
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U.S. Navy Ships Approach Egypt’s Red Sea Coast as Precautionary Measure

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US Navy ships maneuver into formation. Photo: Brooks B. Patton Jr., US Navy.

Reuters – Two U.S. Navy ships patrolling in the Middle East moved closer to Egypt’s Red Sea coast in recent days, the top Marine Corps general said on Thursday, in what appeared to be a precautionary move after the military overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi.

The United States often sends Navy vessels close to countries in turmoil in case it needs to protect or evacuate U.S. citizens or take part in humanitarian assistance. Their presence does not necessarily mean the United States is preparing to carry out military action.

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