Fleet Forces Dispatches Four Ships for Humanitarian Relief
NORFOLK, Va. — Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Phil Davidson, has ordered the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York to get underway to be in position to provide humanitarian relief in support of federal, state and local authorities if requested, the command said in a Sept. 8 release.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut is underway conducting local operations and has been ordered to join the group.
Iwo Jima and New York departed Mayport, Fla., Sept. 5 and conducted an onload in Norfolk, Va., of more than 300 Marines and Sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and II Marine Expeditionary Force.
The combined aircraft on all four ships are three CH-53E Marine Heavy Lift Helicopters, and 10 MH-60S and 14 MH-60R Navy Medium-Lift Helicopters.
These ships are capable of providing medical support, maritime civil affairs, maritime security, expeditionary logistic support, medium- and heavy-lift air support, and bring a diverse capability including assessment and security, the command said.
The top priority of the federal government, as it works together to support civil authorities, is to minimize suffering and protecting the lives and safety of those affected by Hurricane Irma.