Aviation Boatswains Mates (Handling), assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) signal for landing of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, assigned to the Blue Knights of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365 (Reinforced), on the flight deck, Sept. 6, 2019. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lenny Weston)

The Norfolk-based amphibious assault ship USS Bataan and a locally-based helicopter squadron have been providing assistance to the hurricane-ravaged Bahamas for days, according to Navy photos posted on social media.

The posts provide the first glimpse into the U.S. Navy's response to the hurricane more than a week after the Category 5 storm slammed into the Bahamas, killing 43 as the storm slowly moved across the island chain.

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U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Cody R. Miller

If you were online even the slightest bit this weekend, you probably saw the video of a Florida man offering his two cents on how to stop hurricanes, since apparently no one else is giving this any thought.

The man is talking about Hurricane Dorian, which has so far left a path of destruction in the Bahamas, caused Florida military bases to move planes and ships in preparation, and forced Marine Corps recruits at Parris Island, South Carolina to evacuate.

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard

Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk and Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Florida-based troops and their families are being urged to make hurricane preparations as Hurricane Dorian picks up speed as it careens toward the state, forcing aircraft and ships to be moved out of the storm's path.

Dorian is expected to make landfall in Florida on Monday evening as a Category 4 storm. The hurricane is expected to pack 140 mph winds and pummel the state with heavy rainfall, bringing the threat of dangerous storm surges.

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The Castle Romeo nuclear test on Bikini Atoll on March 26, 1954. (U.S. Department of Energy photo)

President Donald Trump isn't the first person to suggest using nuclear weapon for reasons beyond warfare, and he won't be the last.

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Photo via DoD

The U.S. Navy evacuated some 5,000 service members from its Key West air station Sept. 6 as National Guard troops in the path of Hurricane Irma prepared to respond to the massive storm threatening American territory in the Caribbean and the Florida mainland, according to defense officials.

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Army photo by John Pennell

A bitter wind blew across Sewell’s Point in Norfolk, Virginia, on a recent afternoon as ocean waves crashed against a concrete pier where two black attack submarines were tied up for the day.

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