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Mayport ships could be vital if Congress authorizes strike on Syria

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Updated: 9/04/2013 9:36 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A strike could be imminent if Congress gives President Obama authorization to take action on Syrian targets.

According to a United States Navy press release, guided missile cruiser the USS Gettysburg left Naval Station Mayport in July to join the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group on a scheduled deployment. However, the location of the ship is unclear due to safety reasons.

According to Navy Adm. Robert Natter, our local ships could play a vital role if the action is carried out.

"If required, the Navy could call on any of the cruisers or destroyers that are home ported in Mayport to participate in potential actions there," said Natter. "What it means is Mayport continues to be an important home port for the Atlantic fleet."

Local Syrians Tony and Hazar Kassis fear that news of a potential strike means the ongoing civil war in their country is far from over.

"We are really concerned and worried about this decision," said Tony Kassis. "Our biggest fear is chaos and the aftermath," said Hazar Kassis.

The decision now lies in the hands of Congress which does not return until Sept. 9.
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