Crew aboard USS Bataan
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Libya: What is the role of the USS Bataan?

The USS Bataan is preparing to sail for the Mediterranean Sea to join the coalition in the fight against Col Gadaffi's forces.

People gathered on the dock of the naval base in Norfolk, Virginia, to bid farewell.

But as the BBC's Mark Mardell explains, "no one seems to know what the mission is".

  • 23 Mar 2011
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