Evacuation from Lebanon which ships involved


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Few would not have heard how thousands of foreign nationals are being evacuated from Lebanon during the latest crisis. Amongst those fleeing are 40,000 Canadians, 30,000 Filipinos, 25,000 Australians, 25,000 Americans, 22,000 British (inc 10,000 with dual-nationality) and 20,000 French.

Dubbed the biggest since Dunkirk in the Second World War, thousands are being ferried to Cyprus aboard the HMS Gloucester and the HMS York. They will make the return journey as many times and as long as they are needed. En-route are four more: Aircraft Carrier Illustrious, HMS Bulwark, HMS St Albans and RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) Fort Victoria.

Apparently, France chartered a ferry to carry 1,200 to safety and the Italians chartered another to carry 400. The United States is reported to be in the process of chartering a commercial ship to carry 25,000. Surely not in one pick-up?

Does anybody know the names of these chartered ferries and what other ships are taking part in this mass exodus?

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The American's chartered a vessel named the Orient Queen, and she's being escorted by the USS Gonzalez. Considering that some of the parties in this clambake don't exactly love us Yanks or the British...and wouldn't mind hitting somebody with one of those drones filled with TNT...the warship escorts make sense. The smart money is that these ships are operating under wartime cruising protocols. Were I the C.O. I know I'd have my crew on alert and ready for rapid action if somebody decided to have a go at me.

BBC has a story with a few details at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5193264.stm
 
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From the Navy Newsstand:
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Evacuation Capacity to Keep Doubling Over Next Few Days
Story Number: NNS060719-10
Release Date: 7/19/2006 5:10:00 PM



By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- U.S. evacuation capacity in Lebanon will double each day for the next few days, a senior defense official said here July 19.

Yesterday, between 250 and 300 Americans left Lebanon in the face of fighting between Israel and the terrorist group Hezbollah. U.S. military helicopters airlifted 120 U.S. citizens to Cyprus, while another 150 to 200 citizens left the country aboard a Norwegian vessel.

This morning, the Defense Department-chartered Greek motor vessel Orient Queen left the pier in Beirut carrying about 900 U.S. citizens.
For the rest of the story, go to http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=24753
 
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From the Maritime Global Net:
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IBF AGREES TO LEBANON WAR ZONE
Friday, 21 July 2006

THE London-based International Maritime Employers’ Committee says that the International Bargaining Forum, which agrees the pay and conditions for ratings on a large proportion of the global open-register fleet, has declared the sea area off Lebanon and parts of Israel a Warlike Operations Area (WOA). The move comes as the conflict between Israeli forces and Hezbollah militants operating in Lebanon intensifies and entitles seafarers to double basic pay and to the option of paying off before their vessel enters the WOA.
For the rest of this story, go to http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystorydetails.cfm?storyid=6788&type=2

Comment: Let's see, the locals have been shooting at each other with everything from rifles to fighter-bomber aircraft, and these guys are just now getting around to figuring out that this is a zone of "warlike operations?"

Well duh!​
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:
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Iwo Jima ESG Arrives to Assist with Departure of American Citizens from Lebanon
Story Number: NNS060721-09
Release Date: 7/21/2006 11:58:00 AM



By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Mike Jones, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- More U.S. Sailors and Marines from the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived on station July 21 to assist in the authorized departure of American citizens from Lebanon.
For the rest of the story, go to http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=24790

Comment: These ships, like the HMS Bulwark are part of the amphibious warfare forces of their respective navies. These are essentially troopships and for this sort of mission, make the most sense since they're designed to carry a lot of people.​
 

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A friend of mine, whose wife and kids are over there and have been waiting to get out (they went for a wedding), are going by bus and plane instead. Apparently the ship situation is beyond crowded and people have been staying in tents, etc...
 
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>>Apparently the ship situation is beyond crowded and people have been staying in tents, etc...<<

I'm not surprised. I've been through something similar to this in the Phillipines, only it was a volcano that blew it's top instead of the natives. My ship was one of several used to evacuate a large number of dependants and non-essential personel from Subic Bay Naval Station and a number of other U.S. bases in the region. We were literally stuffing them into the Marines quarters and then having the crew sleep in their work spaces so we could cram more people into the regular berthings.

Fortunately, we only had to do it once, but the forces working off of Lebenon will be doing it for quite awhile longer.
 
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Michael I remember Pinatubo well.
The airforce base which would take six yaers to quit under agreement was cleared in 6 hours flat!
there is nothing like an erupting volcano to quicken human resolve.

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>>there is nothing like an erupting volcano to quicken human resolve.<<

Yeah, that does give one an incentive.

I had a girlfriend who lived out in Olongopo who spent the entire night along with her daughter sweeping ash off the roof of her flat. It was either that or have it cave in on their heads. Unlike the U.S. military dependants and contractors, evacuation was not an option.
 
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>>I am glad we haven't had that experience here....
yet.<<

We've had it here in the United States. That was when Mount Saint Helens blew it's side out. A lot of these people had no place to go either. If you think that one was bad, there are several waiting in the wings that'll be a lot worse. If the Yellowstone supervolcano goes KABOOM, it'll make even the Krakatoa explosion look like a puny firecracker. Evacuation will be a moot point for millions as they'll be too dead to look for a ride.
 
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