According to Stars and Stripes, about 180 Marines and sailors, in addition to two KC130s and four Ospreys, moved this week from Morón Air Base in Spain to Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily. With the new move, the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response marines can quickly respond to any security threat in the region.
“The contingent was moved because we have concerns about the security situation in North Africa,” said Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, U.S European Command (EUCOM) spokesman. “I can’t get into specific intelligence, but the security situation in North Africa warranted this precautionary move.”
Details on the exact nature of the threat are not known at this time, however, Stars and Stripes reports that a U.S. official told Reuters the security concern revolves around Libya.
As Stars and Stripes notes, the crisis response unit formed last year after the attacks on a US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.