Sortied Navy Assets Return to Hampton Roads


Story Number: NNS180915-02Release Date: 9/15/2018 10:52:00 AM
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From U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Nearly 30 ships and 128 aircraft will return to the Hampton Roads area starting Saturday, Sept. 15, and will continue to return to homeport over the next several days.

Beginning today, aircraft will make their way back to Hampton Roads bases and surface ships will start to return Sunday, Sept. 16. The return plan for Norfolk-based aircraft will give priority to rotary wing assets to allow for additional land-based rotary wing Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DSCA) support, if requested.

The decision to return naval assets to their homeport follows thorough inspections of port and airfield prior to opening for operations.

While most ships are making plans to return, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and USS Arlington (LPD 24) will remain underway prepared to provide DSCA, if requested through U.S. Northern Command.

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered all Navy ships and flyable aircraft in the Hampton Roads area to sortie ahead of Hurricane Florence, Sept. 10.

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Sailors and aircraft assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 return to Naval Station Norfolk after embarking the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.
180915-N-PW716-1021 NORFOLK (Sept. 15, 2018) Sailors and aircraft assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 return to Naval Station Norfolk after embarking the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters from the "Dusty Dogs" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7, return to Naval Station Norfolk, where they will be better postured to provide land-based rotary wing Defense Support of Civil Authorities if required in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Abraham Lincoln remains underway after Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered all U.S. Navy ships in the Hampton Roads area to sortie on Sept. 10, ahead of the storm, which continues to bring high winds and rain to the Mid-Atlantic coast. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Clint Davis/Released)
September 15, 2018
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