Hundreds of Eastern Carolina Marines are headed to the Arabian Gulf, as the violence continues to build in Iraq.
The Pentagon says the USS Mesa Verde, with 550 Marines aboard, has been ordered to the area.
The ship is part of the 22nd MEU which left Camp Lejeune in February.
Also aboard the Mesa Verde are Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from New River. They could help evacuate Americans from Iraq if necessary.
Already in the Persian Gulf are the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and the destroyer USS Truxtun.
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