The US Navy's USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), and USS New York (LPD 21), with Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard, are heading to the Eastern Mediterranean for potential evacuation operations of American citizens from Lebanon and Israel in the event of a major conflict between the IDF and Hezbollah.

The USS Wasp carries AV-8B Harrier II vertical takeoff jets and military transport helicopters on its deck.