Saturday, July 10, 2010


This story about the Navy moving ships and Marines to Costa Rica seems to be true:

"(The Costa Rican) Congress authorized last night the arrival of 46 U.S. warships to the Costa Rican coast 1. July to 31 December this year for counternarcotics operations and humanitarian missions.

In addition to ships capable of carrying 200 helicopters and warplanes, are allowed to come to the country 7000 U.S. Marines in uniform may transit through national territory.

U.S. Marines may enter and leave the country at will, which does not imply that any military force is concentrated in a single moment here.

Most of the ships are frigates and have a length of 135 meters, with capacity to carry two SH-60 helicopter gunships or HH-60B, or Black Hawck and 200 marines and 15 officers each.

Other ships, including USS Making Island, have the capacity to carry 102 officers, 1449 sailors, are armored, and can carry 42 CH-46 helicopters, five AV-8B Harrier aircraft and six helicopters Blackhawks.

They may also arrive at national waters catamaran ships, a hospital ship and reconnaissance vehicles with capacity for transportation both by sea and by land.

They may also enter national waters ships as the USS Freedom, with capacity to combat submarines."
From a translation of Nacion

The buzz on the internet is that this is part of an evacuation of naval assets from the Gulf in anticipation of a disaster:

"Under the guise of the “war on drugs” the U.S. Military is evacuating its ships and hardware from the Gulf of Mexico to safety off the sheltered coast of Costa Rica.

The “war on drugs” cover story is laughable being that we can’t even get that level of engagement on our border with Mexico where all the drugs come through.

The Navy is obviously worried about either poison from the methane/corexit 9500 mix or a massive methane explosion/tsunami. A tsunami fits with the NOAA blackout of the U.S. tsunami warning system. It also explains why BP is not actively cleaning up the oil on the beaches. Why clean them up if they are going to be gone."
Survivalist News

So what's the truth?

The idea that we are stationing this much firepower in Costa Rica to fight the war on drugs seems to be a bit of a stretch when we can't get more than a few thousand National Guard on the Mexican border.

Some say that it is a move to box in Chavez if we invade Iran. It seems like overkill, but maybe.

Could we be invading Costa Rica or just using it as a temporary base of operations? Well, if our intentions are to put a stopper in the bottle neck that allows drugs and possible terrorists to flow in from South America we probably couldn't pick a better place. Not to mention that controlling Costa Rica would allow us to easily take out Chavez and position us to flank the drug cartels in Mexico.

It also puts us in close proximity to the Panama Canal. Is there some possible threat to this vital waterway?

Of course, none of this would seem to be consistent with the actions of the Obama administration.

If the government really believes we are about to see a crisis of unimaginable severity in the Gulf is it possible that it is just stationing these assets to be used for relief after the crisis unfolds? If a tsunami or something else wipes out our entire Gulf port system is it possible that Costa Rica could become our next best choice for a naval base to protect our Gulf coast?

So why is the Navy moving so much firepower to Costa Rica? And what percentage of the total naval presence in the Gulf does this represent? Is the Navy clearing the Gulf of the majority of its ships and personnel or is that just internet hysteria?

Anybody have any ideas?

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  1. The Navy 4th Fleet in Mayport, Florida oversees operations in the Carribbean and South America. They currently command 21 ships, so I am curious as to what other Fleet is suporting this operation. The Navy has approximately 288 ships is service currently and they usually have about 125 deployed at any time. 46 to a relatively safe "tourist" area seems like a huge number considering we are already have a significance presence in the middle east. The surge to Afganistan approved 35,000 additional troops, so 7000 Marines is a little under 1/4 of that amount. The other big question is why Marines? This deployment doesn't seem in alignment with their "mission".

  2. Is there another seagate or stargate in that area of the ocean? This ridiculous amount of war ships reminds me of what's going on in the Gulf of Yemen, and there is a seagate under water there, so that's why I wonder.