Hurricane Dorian: Navy Evacuates Jacksonville Aircraft Squadrons

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U.S. Air Force Maj. Donald Mccaffery provides a weather update to Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), during a briefing Aug. 30, 2019, to review the latest information on Hurricane Dorian in Washington, D.C. USACE is demobilizing resources from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and is directing resources to Florida. USACE has received a regional activation mission assignment from the Federal Emergency Management
U.S. Air Force Maj. Donald Mccaffery provides a weather update to Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), during a briefing Aug. 30, 2019, to review the latest information on Hurricane Dorian in Washington, D.C. USACE is demobilizing resources from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and is directing resources to Florida. USACE has received a regional activation mission assignment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Hurricane Dorian to provide an Emergency Support Function #3 (Public Works and Engineering) team leader, assistant team leader, and subject matter experts on debris, infrastructure assessments and water/waste water. USACE has also received a FEMA mission assignment for temporary roofing planning for the Hurricane Dorian response in Florida. (Evan Dyson/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The U.S. Navy commander of Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic ordered aircraft at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport to evacuate Saturday as Hurricane Dorian headed toward Florida's Atlantic Coast.

At least 70 aircraft from these squadrons were expected to depart from NAS Jacksonville: the "Jaguars" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 60, the "Spartans" of HSM-70, the "Proud Warriors" of HSM-72 and the "Swamp Foxes" of HSM-74, according to a Navy spokeswoman.

In addition, the "Airwolves" of HSM-40, the "Grandmasters" of HSM-46 and the "Vipers" of HSM-48 will depart Mayport, she said.

Squadrons will move aircraft unable to evacuate inside hangars for the duration of the storm.

Friday the commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 ordered 36 aircraft at NAS to relocate due to Dorian.

A total of six squadrons departed to locations through Navy Regions Southeast and Mid-Atlantic to ensure the safety of personnel and the aircraft.

This article is written by Teresa Stepzinski from The Florida Times-Union and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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