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.
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.
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.
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.