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    James Stavridis: Sudan Rescue Mission Is Helping the US Navy Prepare for War

    James Stavridis: Sudan Rescue Mission Is Helping the US Navy Prepare for War

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    As the security situation deteriorates in Sudan, and thousands of US citizens remain in the war-torn country, the Navy is undertaking a mission it has done many, many times over the years: evacuations of diplomats and other Americans needing to depart a combat zone.

    This is more than a humanitarian mission. The Sudan operation is providing the Navy with a chance to put some seemingly bizarre, but in fact hugely valuable, combat-support ships through their paces in a real-life situation.

    Evacuations of civilians and troops are dangerous and unpredictable. Sometimes, as with the fall of in in 2021, they can go terribly wrong. At other times — think in 1975 — they can be chaotic but overall fairly successful. Often when the nation in question has a coast, as Sudan does on the Red Sea, the Navy conducts the bulk of the operations.

    Normally, such missions would be conducted from massive amphibious warships such as the “big deck” helicopter carriers of the Wasp and America classes. These ships ferry Marines around the world, conduct amphibious attacks and carry vertical-lift jump-jets for combat strikes ashore. But the operation in Sudan, which is (so far)…

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