Navy and Marines Arrive to Help with Relief Effort

DoD is also leaning forward to support states that may be impacted by Hurricane Irma.

The Department of Defense is fully engaged with federal, state, territorial and global mission partners and remains postured to respond to requests for assistance to territories and states affected by Hurricane Irma – General Lori Robinson, Commander, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), is the lead for DoD’s domestic response.

U.S. Northern Command commander Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson is leading DoD’s domestic response and is generating forces in response to FEMA requests, Davis said.

The U.S. Navy prepared seven warships including an aircraft carrier, and the National Guard readied almost 20,000 servicemembers to respond to areas in Hurricane Irma’s path as the storm reached Cuba on Friday en route to Florida, defense officials said.

The Defense Logistics Agency has shipped more than a million shelf-stable meals to St. Thomas and 1.7 million liters of water to San Juan, Puerto Rico, via sealift, and is redistributing Hurricane Harvey commodities in support of the response to Irma, Davis said.

Sailors from Wasp help evacuate patients from Schneider Regional Medical Center.

The US Navy has deployed the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and other battleships to get into position to provide humanitarian relief and support from the effects of Hurricane Irma if requested.

Northern Command, which is coordinating military efforts, is also “providing urban search-and-rescue capabilities in the Caribbean to assist with life-saving and life-sustaining efforts”, the Pentagon statement read.

Commanders ordered evacuations of non-essential military personnel from Naval Air Stations Key West and Jacksonville; U.S. Southern Command headquarters near Miami; MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa; the Army’s Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, Georgia, and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in SC.

Northcom is developing logistics support solutions and has identified incident support bases at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Warner Robbins Air Force Base, Georgia, to support response operations. The corps is monitoring Lake Okeechobee to prepare for the possibility that heavy winds push floodwaters over the dike holding the lake.

U.S. Southern Command and Northcom remain in close coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development, through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, which leads and coordinates all U.S. government international disaster assistance. While no requests for assistance have been received from USAID, OFDA civilian-military coordinators are at USSOUTHCOM, USNORTHCOM and U.S. Embassy Haiti to plan for any potential requests.

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