NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - CNN is reporting that three Norfolk-based ships, which were scheduled to return to port just after Thanksgiving, are being re-routed back to the eastern Mediterranean.
According to CNN's Barbara Starr, the USS Iwo Jima, the USS New York and the USS Gunston Hall are being diverted toward Israel to be on standby following last week's Israel-Gaza conflict.
There are approximately 2,500 Marines on board the warships, whose homecoming has been delayed by an undisclosed amount of time due to the assignment.
Starr reports the warships are on standby in case they are needed to help Americans leaving Israel.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.