Families Evacuating Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


Story Number: NNS161001-01Release Date: 10/1/2016 7:05:00 PM
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From Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Approximately 700 spouses and children are evacuating from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB), Cuba during preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew.

U.S. Transportation Command provided four C-17 and two C-130 aircraft as military airlift traveling to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. With their help, the evacuation will be completed by tonight.

Relocating family members allows the installation to minimize operations during the storm, expediting recovery operations after the hurricane has passed. NSGB has approximately 5,500 residents living and working aboard, including families. The remaining 4,800 personnel remain behind in order to quickly begin recovery efforts, and will shelter in place.

The installation expects winds above 60 mph for several hours as Hurricane Matthew passes. U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Fleet Forces, Navy Installations Command, and Navy Region Southeast are providing the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay support and will continue to do so through the recovery efforts following the storm.

Notice to news media: Please contact Commander, Navy Region Southeast public affairs for additional information, at pao_cnrse@navy.mil, or call (904) 542-4032/33

 
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Families settle into their seats aboard a Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft for evacuation from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
161002-A-RC774-085 NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Oct. 2, 2016) Families settle into their seats aboard a Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft for evacuation from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Approximately 700 spouses and children were evacuated to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. NSGB tenant commands continue to make preparations for Matthew. Hurricane Condition of Readiness 2 (COR II) was set base-wide in preparation for destructive winds within 24 hours. Base residents were reminded on the importance of being prepared with essential supplies and were advised to remain within their residence until the "all clear" was passed. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Frederick H. Agee/Released)
October 2, 2016
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