Families say goodbye as Bataan group heads for Libya mission
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Three local ships - the Bataan, Mesa Verde and Whidbey Island - were slated to go to sea in July. Two weeks ago, they got word that they'd head out early for duty in the Mediterranean as part of the allied effort in Libya.
Stacie Casey was still in the hospital with her newborn son when her husband learned he'd be shipping out.
"It's obviously really difficult," Casey said, cradling her son in her arms. But she knew what she was getting into when she married her husband last year. "This is what you sign up for," she said.
Capt. Steven Yoder, commodore of Amphibious Squadron Six, said the sailors are ready, despite the early departure.
"Anytime something is breaking in the world, we anticipate getting the call," Yoder said.
He isn't worried about not knowing what situation awaits them once they arrive in the Mediterranean.
"We're able to handle a host of military options," he said. "We're a flexible force."
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