I have a friend in the Navy, stationed on the USS Iwo Jima. It WAS headed for home port Norfolk and fathers of the sailors were invited to join their sons/daughters on board for the last couple of days into port. They were to be flown out to board the vessel. Don’t know if this is SOP but I think it’s really cool.
My friend’s father got an email today. The boarding/visit has been cancelled.
The Iwo Jima – and it’s crew , including the 26th MEU (with their assorted helicopters and Harriers) - has been ordered to ‘a new location – term: indefinite’. I can only guess where. I also assume this isn’t classified, since the partents have been notified.
I fear things are about to get really ugly really fast.