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usni | U.S. Soldier Critically Injured During Gaza Pier Operation, 2 Other Service Members Hurt, 23 May
The soldier was working on the staging platform two miles off the coast of Gaza where trucks filled with aid packages are driven from cargo ships onto Army watercraft, the defense officials told USNI News. At the time of the injury, the roll-on roll-off cargo ship MV Benevides was attached to the platform.
U.S. forces have dedicated around 1000 personnel and 16 ships to the operation, including the deployment of at least one counter rocket, artillery, and mortar system on the pier itself. While [Vice Adm. Brad] Cooper would not comment on the force protection deployed by U.S. forces, he said the deployment of these systems is "prudent planning."

The Israeli Defense Forces are the main security providers for the operation and have dedicated a brigade of troops and various air and naval assets. Two U.S. Navy destroyers will aid in the protection of the pier, Military.com reported.

by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2024 at 12:54:44 AM EST
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