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    Despite Talk, No Evidence Marines Have Boarded Commercial Vessels in Persian Gulf

    Despite Talk, No Evidence Marines Have Boarded Commercial Vessels in Persian Gulf

    Ever since reports surfaced that the Pentagon was considering putting Marines on commercial vessels to thwart Iranian influence in the Persian Gulf, questions and speculation have swirled around the topic.

    One thing that hasn't materialized is a clear sign from the Pentagon that the is moving closer to reality.

    “Marines are not boarding commercial ships, and I don't have anything additional to provide at this time,” Sabrina Singh, a spokesperson for the Defense Department, told .com on Thursday when asked about reports of troops embarking on civilian ships in a “zone defense” against .

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    While the questions over the plan and its details continue to go unanswered, some within the defense apparatus have been willing to come out and say that the capability to pull off such a mission not only exists, but Marines and sailors are ready to execute it.

    The U.S. Naval Institute, or USNI, reported Aug. 11 that the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit — stationed aboard ships in the Middle East right now — has received training in that enables some members to work as “ship security teams.”

    What the Pentagon is signaling publicly and what is leaking to the press makes it unclear when — or even if — the capability would be used. It appears that the Marine Corps and Navy have the capability and…

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