U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Sailors with Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 conduct well deck operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD) 5 while underway for deployment in the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 14, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Nathan Reyes)

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A Navy amphibious assault ship with thousands of Marines on board will skip a planned training exercise in Africa to instead head toward the Middle East as tensions there spike.

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Rules to live by: Never get involved in a land war in Asia; don’t tweet angry; don’t sell stolen military swag on Ebay; and never, ever shine a laser at the cockpit of a helicopter. That last one has real consequences — a lesson learned by a group of British hoodlums in 2014 —  but apparently, some sailors in Iran’s Navy never got the memo.

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