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Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2002 13:26:14 -0000
Subject: [worldspaceteam] WAR?
Sources: U.S. Navy Ships Heavy Armor to Gulf
Wed Sep 4, 7:26 AM ET
By Stefano Ambrogi
LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy ( news - web sites)
has booked a
large ship to carry tanks and heavy armor to the Gulf
this month as
the Pentagon ( news - web sites) presses home a case
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein ( news - web sites),
said on Wednesday.
The U.S. Military Sealift Command chartered a U.S.
cargo ship to sail from the southeast U.S. coast to an
Middle Eastern port in the Gulf for discharge in late
This is the third shipment of arms and military
hardware in a month
using commercial shipping, which military analysts say
shows the U.S.
Navy has probably exhausted the capacity of its own
resorted to the open market.
The formal tender document, seen by Reuters, shows the
carry 67 separate pieces of "track general cargo,
and rolling stock" measuring 56,000 square feet,
slightly larger than
a soccer pitch.
Military experts say the dimensions and weight of the
specified in the document match almost exactly those
of the standard
U.S. Abrams battle tank.
"This ship can easily carry tanks," said a shipping
familiar with the U.S. military tendering process.
Military analysts say that the movement of heavy armor
from the U.S.
southeast coast to the Gulf mirrors similar movements
ahead of the
1991 Gulf War ( news - web sites) and is a key signal
superpower is building up fire power in the region
ahead of a
possible military strike.
In mid-August Reuters reported that the Navy booked a
large ship to
carry helicopters, ammunition and assorted "rolling
stock" to the Red
The story was initially denied by the U.S. Navy, but a
Sealift Command spokeswoman later retracted the denial
confronted with documentary evidence.
The Pentagon has said the shipments of military
hardware in August
were to support exercises in Jordan that have been
planned for two
Shipping sources doubted it.
"Why jump into the commercial market in August when
you knew the
exercises were planned -- it just doesn't make sense,"
President Bush ( news - web sites) was set to meet
leaders on Wednesday to discuss the case for
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