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Special Report: Hurricane Harvey Relief Support

U.S. Navy Sailors and assets are supporting federal, state and local authorities’ ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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HSC-7 Investigates Distress Call
Aug. 29

Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 investigate a distress call at a home in College Station, Texas, during a search and rescue mission over the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 

HSC-7 Prepares to Conduct Search and Rescue Mission
Aug. 30

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Aug. 30, 2017) Air Force Airmen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron load gear for a joint search and rescue operation throughout the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey utilizing Air Force small boats and Navy helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindah/Releasedl)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Aug. 30, 2017) Air Force Airmen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron load gear for a joint search and rescue operation throughout the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey utilizing Air Force small boats and Navy helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindah/Releasedl)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Aug. 30, 2017) Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 prepare to launch with assigned crew members and Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron for joint search and rescue operations utilizing Air Force small boats throughout the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Aug. 30, 2017) Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 prepare to launch with assigned crew members and Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron for joint search and rescue operations utilizing Air Force small boats throughout the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Aug. 30, 2017) Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 return to College Station, Texas, after conducting search and rescue operations over the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. HSC-7 sent personnel and aircraft to the area to bolster Northern Command's support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster response efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ernest R. Scott/Released)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Aug. 30, 2017) Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 return to College Station, Texas, after conducting search and rescue operations over the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. HSC-7 sent personnel and aircraft to the area to bolster Northern Command’s support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster response efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ernest R. Scott/Released)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Aug. 30, 2017) Lt. Ben Bontrager, a pilot assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7, returns to College Station, Texas, after conducting search and rescue operations over the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ernest R. Scott/Released)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Aug. 30, 2017) Lt. Ben Bontrager, a pilot assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7, returns to College Station, Texas, after conducting search and rescue operations over the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ernest R. Scott/Released)
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Navy Squadrons Rescue 227 on First Day in Houston
Aug. 30

Two Navy helicopter squadron detachments relocated to Easterwood Airport Aug. 30 after making 227 helicopter rescues while flying from Fort Worth just yesterday.

The 112 Sailors from the Dusty Dogs and Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons (HSC) 7 and 28 (respectively) moved their staging site and six MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters in order to be even closer to the disaster zone in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The new site will allow for a drastically reduced response time.

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USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief
Aug. 30

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Phil Davidson, ordered the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) to get underway from their Norfolk, Va., homeports to support federal, state and local authorities ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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NORFOLK (Aug. 30, 2017) Sailors attached to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 and Assault Craft Unit (ACU 4) chock and chain a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement dump truck into final position aboard a landing craft, air cushion in preparation for onload to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward S. Kessler/Released)
NORFOLK (Aug. 30, 2017) Sailors attached to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 and Assault Craft Unit (ACU 4) chock and chain a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement dump truck into final position aboard a landing craft, air cushion in preparation for onload to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward S. Kessler/Released)
NORFOLK (Aug. 30, 2017) Sailors attached to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 and Assault Craft Unit (ACU 4) chock and chain a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement dump truck into final position aboard a landing craft, air cushion in preparation for onload to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward S. Kessler/Released)
NORFOLK (Aug. 30, 2017) Sailors attached to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 and Assault Craft Unit (ACU 4) chock and chain a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement dump truck into final position aboard a landing craft, air cushion in preparation for onload to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward S. Kessler/Released)
NORFOLK (Aug. 30, 2017) Sailors attached to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 and Assault Craft Unit (ACU 4) chock and chain a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement dump truck into final position aboard a landing craft, air cushion in preparation for onload to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward S. Kessler/Released)
NORFOLK (Aug. 30, 2017) Sailors attached to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 and Assault Craft Unit (ACU 4) chock and chain a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement dump truck into final position aboard a landing craft, air cushion in preparation for onload to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward S. Kessler/Released)
NORFOLK (Aug. 30, 2017) Sailors attached to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 and Assault Craft Unit (ACU 4) chock and chain a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement dump truck into final position aboard a landing craft, air cushion in preparation for onload to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward S. Kessler/Released)
NORFOLK (Aug. 30, 2017) Sailors attached to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 and Assault Craft Unit (ACU 4) chock and chain a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement dump truck into final position aboard a landing craft, air cushion in preparation for onload to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward S. Kessler/Released)
NORFOLK (Aug. 30, 2017) Construction Mechanic Construction Apprentice Zachary Marble, attached to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202, and Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Alexandra Wong, attached to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, chock and chain a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement dump truck into final position aboard a landing craft, air cushion in preparation for onload to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward S. Kessler/Released)
NORFOLK (Aug. 30, 2017) Construction Mechanic Construction Apprentice Zachary Marble, attached to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202, and Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Alexandra Wong, attached to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, chock and chain a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement dump truck into final position aboard a landing craft, air cushion in preparation for onload to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward S. Kessler/Released)
NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 30, 2017) Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 26, from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune N.C., load heavy equipment onto trailers at Camp Allen, Norfolk, Va. The Marines are preparing to travel aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt Ryan O’Hare/Released)
NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 30, 2017) Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 26, from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune N.C., load heavy equipment onto trailers at Camp Allen, Norfolk, Va. The Marines are preparing to travel aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt Ryan O’Hare/Released)
NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 30, 2017) Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 26, from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune N.C., load heavy equipment onto trailers at Camp Allen, Norfolk, Va. The Marines are preparing to travel aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt Ryan O’Hare/Released)
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Navy Squadron Rescues Adults, Children, Dogs at Texas School
Aug. 31

Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 rescued 14 people and four dogs, Aug. 31, at Pine Forrest Elementary School, in Vidor, Texas, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds.

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VIDOR, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Rion Johnson, a native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, assures a family of evacuees at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindah/Releasedl)
VIDOR, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Rion Johnson, a native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, assures a family of evacuees at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindah/Releasedl)

170831-N-KL846-117 VIDOR, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, counts a group of people at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
VIDOR, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, counts a group of people at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

170831-N-KL846-150 VIDOR, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, rescues two dogs at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
VIDOR, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, rescues two dogs at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

170831-N-KL846-152 VIDOR, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, reassures a family after a rescue at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
VIDOR, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, reassures a family after a rescue at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

170831-N-KL846-163 BEAUMONT, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Evacuees show appreciation to Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, after a rescue at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
BEAUMONT, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Evacuees show appreciation to Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, after a rescue at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

170831-N-KL846-171 BEAUMONT, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) A child shows appreciation to Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Rion Johnson, a native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, after a group rescue of people and dogs at a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl)
BEAUMONT, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) A child shows appreciation to Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Rion Johnson, a native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, after a group rescue of people and dogs at a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl)

170831-N-KL846-197 BEAUMONT, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Rion Johnson, a native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl, assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, assists with a medical evacuation during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
BEAUMONT, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Rion Johnson, a native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl, assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, assists with a medical evacuation during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

170831-N-KL846-210 JASPER, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Rion Johnson, a native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, both assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, assist with a medical evacuation during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
JASPER, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Rion Johnson, a native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, both assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, assist with a medical evacuation during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

170831-N-KL846-220 JASPER, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Rion Johnson, a native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, escorts an evacuee after a medical evacuation during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
JASPER, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Rion Johnson, a native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, escorts an evacuee after a medical evacuation during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

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USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill Depart to Assist Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Aug. 31

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 31, 17) Sailors man the rails of the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) in preparation to assist with disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. U.S. Fleet Forces Command send personnel and assets to bolster Northern Command’s support of FEMA’s assistance to federal, state and local authority’s ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor A. Elberg/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 31, 17) Sailors man the rails of the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) in preparation to assist with disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. U.S. Fleet Forces Command send personnel and assets to bolster Northern Command’s support of FEMA’s assistance to federal, state and local authority’s ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor A. Elberg/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (Aug 31, 2017) The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departs Naval Station Norfolk to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. U.S. military assets are supporting FEMA as well as state and local authorities in rescue and relief efforts in wake of Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey J. Hopkins/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (Aug 31, 2017) The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departs Naval Station Norfolk to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. U.S. military assets are supporting FEMA as well as state and local authorities in rescue and relief efforts in wake of Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey J. Hopkins/Released)

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USS Kearsarge to Hurricane Harvey: Don’t mess with Texas!
Sept. 1

The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departed for the Gulf Coast region Aug. 31, in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s, and local and state authorities’ efforts to provide humanitarian and disaster relief for the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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HSC-7, HSC-28 Transition Support of Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Sept. 3

Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 and HSC-28 began transitioning support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, Sept. 2, to HSC-21 and HSC-23.

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