Navytiger74, two service specific questions from a dogface;
1 - Was an ESG in the Med when the events unfolded?
2 - What is the size of a FAST?
There was almost certainly an ESG in the Med at the time. There almost always is. I'm at 5th Fleet (Med is 6th), however, and am not an Ops guy anyway.
A deployed FAST platoon is essentially just a plussed up rifle platoon. I believe it has about 50 guys (instead of the standard 30-something) and is commanded by a Capt instead of a 2ndLT. Again, not a Marine and not ops, but that's my understanding. I'm sure some of the USMC folks around here can provided more and better information.
ETA: I think a standard platoon actually has 42, and a FAST platoon 52.
This post was edited on 10/27 at 10:59 pm