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SPECIAL REPORT: HURRICANE DORIAN

Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas Sept. 2 as a powerful Category 5 hurricane, with winds up to 185 mph and gusts about 220 mph. As reports show extreme devastation in the Bahamas, Dorian has been moving closer to Florida, potentially nearing Georgia and South Carolina. The storm has weakened since hitting the Bahamas but it’s still dangerous.

For the U.S. Navy, safety and security of personnel and families is the top priority. Navy installations, Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Operational Support Centers are getting prepared for the arrival of the storm. The Navy also has units in a “prepared to deploy” status should the Northern Command request support for response and relief efforts.

Follow this blog for frequent news updates, videos and images showing the latest efforts of the Navy to brace for Dorian. For more images, visit our feature gallery

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NORFOLK (Sept. 4, 2019) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) gets underway from Naval Station Norfolk after Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet ordered U.S. Navy ships and aircraft in the area to depart, Sept. 4, 2019, ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic where they are best postured for storm avoidance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua M. Tolbert/Released)
NORFOLK (Sept. 4, 2019) The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) departs Naval Station Norfolk after Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet ordered U.S. Navy ships and aircraft in the area to depart, Sept. 4, 2019, ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. Ships are directed to areas in the Atlantic where they are best postured for storm avoidance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary A. Prill/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 4, 2019) A GOES 16 infrared satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean shows Hurricane Dorian at 1:00 a.m. EDT, Sept. 4, 2019, as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph moving northwest at 6 mph near Daytona Beach, Florida. Dorian is expected to maintain its current intensity through Thursday and move northward along the Florida coast toward Georgia and the Carolinas. (U.S. Navy photo via Naval Research Laboratory/Released)
BAHAMAS (Sept. 3, 2019) Overhead view of a row of damaged structures in the Bahamas from a Coast Guard Elizabeth City C-130 aircraft after Hurricane Dorian shifts north Sept. 3, 2019. Hurricane Dorian made landfall Saturday and intensified into Sunday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton.)
BAHAMAS (Sept. 3, 2019) Views of the Bahamas from a Coast Guard Elizabeth City C-130 aircraft after Hurricane Dorian shifts north Sept. 3, 2019. Hurricane Dorian made landfall Saturday and intensified into Sunday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton.)

MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2019) A line of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters evacuate from Naval Station Mayport as ordered by, Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic, after the setting of Sortie Condition Alpha ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecasted to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. (Official U.S. Navy photo/Released)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Sept. 1, 2019) Sailors secure U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters after arriving at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, from Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Sept. 1, 2019. The helicopters evacuated from the Jacksonville area in advance of Hurricane Dorian. In addition to the helicopters, Maxwell AFB is serving as an Incident Support Base for Federal Emergency Management Agency and Defense Logistics Agency personnel and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Billy Birchfield/Released)
MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) make preparations for Hurricane Dorian at Naval Station Mayport, Aug. 30, 2019. Iwo Jima is currently at homeport conducting a maintenance availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Larry Lockett Jr./Released)
MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) departs Naval Station Mayport as Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet orders all U.S. Navy ships homeported in the area to sortie ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic Ocean where they are best postured for storm avoidance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)
MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) heave in a line as Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet orders U.S. Navy ships homeported in the area to sortie on Aug. 30 ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic Ocean where they are best postured for storm avoidance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)
MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) gets underway from Naval Station Mayport as Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet orders all U.S. Navy ships homeported in the area to sortie ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic Ocean where they are best postured for storm avoidance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alana Langdon/Released)
MAYPORT, Fla (Aug 29, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) make preparations for Hurricane Dorian at Naval Station Mayport August 29, 2019. Iwo Jima is currently at her homeport conducting Chief of Naval Operations Maintenance Availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Travis Baley/Released)
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News Stories

Navy Evacuates Five North Carolina Counties, Warns Units Statewide to Expect High Winds (Sept. 4, 2019)

NORFOLK, Virginia (NNS) — The Navy issued an emergency evacuation order Sept. 4 for all Navy personnel and dependents in five North Carolina counties, in advance of the arrival of high winds and heavy rain expected from Hurricane Dorian. Read more on Navy.mil

2nd Fleet Ships, Aircraft Depart Dorian’s Path; Installations Continue Preparations (Sept. 4, 2019)

NORFOLK, Virginia (NNS) — Hampton Roads-based ships and aircraft are leaving the area today, as Hurricane Dorian is forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the Mid-Atlantic coast. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Prepares for Hurricane Dorian in Hampton Roads (Sept. 3, 2019)

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet ordered all U.S. Navy ships and aircraft in the Hampton Roads area to be prepared to transit to safety within 24 hours, if necessary, as a precautionary measure due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian, thereby setting Sortie Condition Bravo. Read more on Navy.mil

Maxwell Opens for Hurricane Support (Sept. 3, 2019)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama (NNS) — At the request of the Department of Homeland Security, through U.S. Northern Command, Maxwell Air Force Base opened Aug. 29 as an Incident Support Base in advance of Hurricane Dorian. Read more on Navy.mil

Hurricane Dorian: Evacuation of Military Personnel and their Families (Sept. 2, 2019)

NAS JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) — As Dorian progresses toward the Southeast United States, many Navy Sailors and civilians are wondering when they should evacuate. The simple answer is that the parent command must determine whether personnel and family members should evacuate. Read more on Navy.mil

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Videos

Ships Depart Naval Station Norfolk Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

NORFOLK (Sept. 4, 2019) U.S. Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) depart Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, with other ships

2nd Fleet Orders Ships to Sea ahead of Hurricane Dorian

NORFOLK (Sept. 4, 2019) Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet orders U.S. Navy ships and aircraft in the area to sortie on Sept. 4 ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecasted to bring high winds and heavy rains to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic where they are best postured for storm avoidance.

Helicopters Evacuate Naval Station Mayport Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2019) MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 as they prepare to depart Naval Station Mayport. Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic ordered aircraft at Naval Station Mayport to sortie ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Dorian is expected to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast.  

Ships Depart Naval Station Mayport, Florida Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) Footage of ships homeported at Naval Station Mayport undergoing preparations to sortie as Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet orders U.S. Navy ships homeported in the area to sortie Aug. 30 ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecasted to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic where they are best postured for storm avoidance.

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