USS Wasp Moving to Evacuate American Citizens from Lebanon

Defense officials have told NBC that U.S. forces are moving closer to the Eastern Mediterranean to facilitate the evacuation of U.S. persons from Lebanon if Israel initiated a full scale invasion.

According to those officials, the USS Wasp, a multipurpose amphibious assault ship will lead the Noncombatant evacuation operations (NEO). The 26th Marine Expeditionary Group has been preparing for a deployment to facilitate a NEO in the Middle East for the past few months.

In 2022, the U.S. State Department estimated that 80,000 USPERS resided in Lebanon and a large number of those would need to be evacuated if the country disintegrated into full-scale warfare, not to mention the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

USS Wasp (LHD-1) is a United States Navy-multipurpose amphibious assault ship, and the lead ship of her class. In addition to the crew of more than 1,000, the vessel can fit an additional 1,800 onboard.