DoD to deploy ‘mothership’ to Middle East

The Pentagon is rushing to deploy a “mothership” to the Middle East, according to the Washington Post.

The USS Ponce — a 41-year-old warship — will serve as a base for commandos operating in the region. Once retro-fitted it will be able to launch multiple small high-speed boats and helicopters. The Pentagon plans to fund a project next year to build a new ship.

The Navy won’t comment on the purpose or location but Special Operation forces are key in the Obama administration’s new military strategy.

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