Navy Fights Fires, Prevents Blackouts, Helps Military Families


Story Number: NNS071026-03Release Date: 10/26/2007 6:52:00 AM
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From Commander, Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- A Whidbey Island, Wash.-based P-3 Orion aircraft from Patrol Squadron 46 is operating Oct. 25 out of Naval Air Station North Island, using its sophisticated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities to provide real-time aerial imagery.

As a part of Task Force Bulldozer, 40 Sailors from the Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 conducted bulldozer training today with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention for potential firefighting support missions.

The Navy continued to attack the fire from the air Oct. 24. Four Navy helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85 dropped 133,560 gallons of water on the Harris Ranch Fire. On Wednesday evening, two helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 conducted fire perimeter mapping. Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 6 and Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (Light) 45 flew critical infrastructure assessment missions over the Witch Creek and Harris Ranch Fires, respectively.

On the ground, Navy civilian firefighters from Navy bases around the country continue to work alongside other firefighters.

Averting a power crisis Wednesday, the Navy helped San Diego Gas & Electric avoid rolling blackouts by shifting 25 ships from shore power to shipboard power, conserving close to 100 megawatts during a time of critical need.

Along with combating the fires and helping the civilian community, Navy Region Southwest is supporting more than 1,900 Navy personnel, civilian employees, military retirees and their families at facilities on Naval Base San Diego and Naval Base Coronado. Almost 700 personnel have returned home since Wednesday.

For more news from Navy Region Southwest, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrsw/.

 
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A crew member aboard an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter activates a release button, dumping 420 gallons of water below them on wildfires burning in San Diego county.
071024-N-6597H-149 SAN DIEGO (Oct. 24, 2007) - A crew member aboard an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter activates a release button, dumping 420 gallons of water below them on wildfires burning in San Diego county. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85 has teamed up with the San Diego California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to help put out the wild fires blazing across Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jon Husman
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