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-- breaking news came out of nowhere for us Fox News has now confirmed the United States navy is working to set up a floating base.
For our commando teams in the Middle East.
Jennifer Griffin's -- -- -- synagogue.
What is this thing and and and win.
Well what I'm being told that it will be ready in about four to five months' time -- sometime this summer in essence essentially what happened is US Central Command had a standing request into the Pentagon for.
As in essence to create a flotilla of sorts they want -- to take a ship that was -- they were planning to decommission the USS Ponce say which had been.
Serving as a transport dock in the Mediterranean most recently in for the Libyan operation that was supposed to be decommissioned in December now they're going to take that.
And instead of decommission it it turn it into a forward operating base that could be used by US Navy SEALs.
That request stance that.
The commando teams would be able to use it for high speed boats helicopters.
A market survey posted by military sea lift command in December.
Asked that it be able to support mine countermeasures.
Now of course the concern of late has been that the Strait of Hormuz could be -- so.
US officials telling us that yes they are hurting with this project to turn this.
This USS Ponce say into a floating flotilla that could be used as a mother ship -- -- sorts for special operators out in the Middle East that's.
-- they can with you look at that so that's the -- Tia.
Now there's word that the Pentagon is working on a stronger bunker buster bomb one -- could I guess in theory be used to penetrate Iran's underground nuclear sites.
Well this is also stunning news coming out of the Pentagon tonight the Wall Street Journal did a interview with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta yesterday.
In which he indicated that the the this -- 30000 pound you bunker buster bomb it's known as the massive ordnance penetrator.
The Pentagon had purchased when he of these with the idea that they would be able to penetrate 200 feet into the ground and possibly.
Be used against Iran or North Korean buried nuclear sites.
Now what Panetta has indicated is that.
Those bombs aren't strong enough and the Pentagon has asked for money 82 million dollars to be reality hated by congress so that they can make -- larger.
More powerful bunker buster bomb.
Jennifer Griffin -- breaking news on two fronts tonight for the Pentagon Jim thanks.
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