Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas Sept. 2 as a powerful Category 5 hurricane, with winds up to 185 mph and gusts about 220 mph. As reports show extreme devastation in the Bahamas, Dorian has been moving closer to Florida, potentially nearing Georgia and South Carolina. The storm has weakened since hitting the Bahamas but it’s still dangerous.
For the U.S. Navy, safety and security of personnel and families is the top priority. Navy installations, Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Operational Support Centers are getting prepared for the arrival of the storm. The Navy also has units in a “prepared to deploy” status should the Northern Command request support for response and relief efforts.
Navy Evacuates Five North Carolina Counties, Warns Units Statewide to Expect High Winds (Sept. 4, 2019)
NORFOLK, Virginia (NNS) — The Navy issued an emergency evacuation order Sept. 4 for all Navy personnel and dependents in five North Carolina counties, in advance of the arrival of high winds and heavy rain expected from Hurricane Dorian. Read more on Navy.mil
NORFOLK, Virginia (NNS) — Hampton Roads-based ships and aircraft are leaving the area today, as Hurricane Dorian is forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the Mid-Atlantic coast. Read more on Navy.mil
Navy Prepares for Hurricane Dorian in Hampton Roads (Sept. 3, 2019)
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet ordered all U.S. Navy ships and aircraft in the Hampton Roads area to be prepared to transit to safety within 24 hours, if necessary, as a precautionary measure due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian, thereby setting Sortie Condition Bravo. Read more on Navy.mil
Maxwell Opens for Hurricane Support (Sept. 3, 2019)
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama (NNS) — At the request of the Department of Homeland Security, through U.S. Northern Command, Maxwell Air Force Base opened Aug. 29 as an Incident Support Base in advance of Hurricane Dorian. Read more on Navy.mil
Hurricane Dorian: Evacuation of Military Personnel and their Families (Sept. 2, 2019)
NAS JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) — As Dorian progresses toward the Southeast United States, many Navy Sailors and civilians are wondering when they should evacuate. The simple answer is that the parent command must determine whether personnel and family members should evacuate. Read more on Navy.mil
Ships Depart Naval Station Norfolk Ahead of Hurricane Dorian
NORFOLK (Sept. 4, 2019) U.S. Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) depart Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, with other ships
2nd Fleet Orders Ships to Sea ahead of Hurricane Dorian
NORFOLK (Sept. 4, 2019) Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet orders U.S. Navy ships and aircraft in the area to sortie on Sept. 4 ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecasted to bring high winds and heavy rains to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic where they are best postured for storm avoidance.
Helicopters Evacuate Naval Station Mayport Ahead of Hurricane Dorian
MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2019) MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 as they prepare to depart Naval Station Mayport. Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic ordered aircraft at Naval Station Mayport to sortie ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Dorian is expected to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast.
Ships Depart Naval Station Mayport, Florida Ahead of Hurricane Dorian
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) Footage of ships homeported at Naval Station Mayport undergoing preparations to sortie as Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet orders U.S. Navy ships homeported in the area to sortie Aug. 30 ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecasted to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic where they are best postured for storm avoidance.