USS Bataan to deploy near the end of March to replace Kearsarge
NORFOLK--There's word Thursday that the USS Bataan, homeported in Norfolk, will head out on deployment later this month.
Navy officials tell WVEC.com that the Bataan is surging to replace the Kearsarge, as part of a contingency operation.
The surge is designed to give the president flexibility regarding the recent uprising in Northern Africa and in the Middle East.
There's no word on the exact time of the deployment or for how long it will last.