As a precautionary measure, U.S. Navy ships home ported at Naval Station Mayport are getting underway in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.
The following ships headed to sea September 6: USS Shamal, USS The Sullivans, USS Bulkeley And USCGC Tahoma.
USS Philippine Sea, USS Farragut and USS Lassen are scheduled to depart September 7.
USS Hue City, USS Tornado and USS Roosevelt will be moved to a safe haven location and made ready for heavy weather.
USS Detroit and USS Milwaukee will both remain in port and will be heavy weather moored.
The decision to sortie is based on concerns for the safety of sailors and preservation of the ships and associated equipment.
Navy vessels can remain safe at sea by maneuvering to avoid storms altogether. Additionally, having ships underway ensures they are ready to respond to any national tasking if required.