When a hurricane threatens its ports, the United States Navy always sorties all its ships to avoid facing one in the confines of a harbor. Because of Hurricane Irma, you can expect the Navy to send them Eastward into the Atlantic Ocean. There they will maneuver to stay clear of the damaging winds and waves. They will circle the storm and come in behind it. This will be especially tricky this time because Hurricane Jose may affect their maneuvering space. Regardless of those issues, the Navy has designated 4 amphibious warfare ships and their Marines to prepare to render assistance after Irma passes through Florida and beyond. The ships from Mayport, Florida and Norfolk, Virginia are at sea and headed out. They are equipped with many helicopters and many Marines. There is that old saying, “Tell it to the Marines!” What this means is tell them your troubles and they will handle it. The Navy will drive the bus and fly the copters and do the humanitarian work put before them. Also, don’t forget, your Commander in Chief gave that order.
As Written By Jason Devaney for Newsmax:
The Navy has four warships on standby ready to help in Florida and surrounding states ahead of Hurricane Irma’s expected landfall this weekend.
The Navy Times reports that the powerful storm has forced the Navy to double the number of ships it deployed.
On Wednesday, it was reported that two Virginia-based ships — the amphibious assault ship Kearsarge and the landing ship Oak Hill — plus the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit were deployed to the area.
Thursday’s update means the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima and the landing platform dock New York, both based in Mayport, Florida, also are on Irma duty. More than 300 additional troops from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing are joining……
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