Dutch Ships Arrive Bahamas for HADR

September 11, 2019 (Google Translation) – Around 550 Dutch soldiers have arrived at the Bahamas. They come to the aid of the inhabitants of the island of Abaco, one of the islands that was hit hard by Hurricane Dorian. Navy ship Snellius arrived in the affected area at 7 am (local time) and Johan de Witt followed at 4 pm in the afternoon. The first priority is to map the situation on the island. That is why a number of forward-sent soldiers traveled by helicopter to a hospital and the…

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Hampton Roads Based Ships, Aircraft Return To Homeport

September 7 ,2019 – U.S. 2nd Fleet ordered nearly 30 ships and 120 aircraft to return to Hampton Roads today, following an assessment from the U.S. Coast Guard that the port is safe for maritime operations. “After the storm, the Coast Guard and our port partners worked quickly to reconstitute the Port of Virginia,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “This port is critical to commerce in the Commonwealth and throughout the U.S., but it is even more important for our national security as home of…

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Royal Navy Deploys Extra Medics as Part of Bahamas HADR Assistance

September 7, 2019 – The Royal Navy has deployed extra medics to join Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Mounts Bay in delivering humanitarian assistance to the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. A team of 18 military medical staff will arrive in the region this evening and will provide emergency care, surgery and intensive care to those in need. They join Royal Navy support ship RFA Mounts Bay, which is delivering aid to the Bahamas following the destruction caused by the devastating hurricane. Mounts Bay was prepositioned in the region for hurricane season,…

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Dutch Increase HADR Operations in the Bahamas

September 7, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Netherlands is sending extra soldiers to the Caribbean to support emergency aid to the Bahamas. On Saturday afternoon, 76 Marines departed from Eindhoven Air Base with a KDC-10 transport aircraft from the Royal Netherlands Air Force to Sint Maarten. The Marines are part of the 21st Raiding Squadron of the Marine Corps. They currently stand as the so-called Marine Spearhead Task Unit permanent standby for emergency deployment at home and abroad. The soldiers board Sintr on Sint Maarten. HNLMS Johan de Witt, who…

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Dutch Navy Joins Bahamas Relief Operations

September 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Netherlands will provide emergency aid to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian caused large-scale devastation there. The naval ships HNLMS Johan de Witt (L801) and HNLMS Snellius (A802) are making logistical preparations on Sint Maarten to help the island group. The ships were already in the Caribbean because of the large Caribbean Coast emergency relief exercise. The Bahamas asked for help through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The ships are expected to depart within a few days and they will arrive on…

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RFA Mounts Bay delivers aid to The Bahamas

September 4, 2019 – Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay has delivered essential aid to residents of Great Abaco in The Bahamas. The ship has distributed Department for International Development (DFID) relief items, including vital shelter kits. A rigid-hulled inflatable boat was deployed from RFA Mounts Bay this afternoon (04/09) with a dedicated Humanitarian and Disaster Relief team to join up with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and unload vital aid to some of those who have been worst hit by the category five storm. The ship has been…

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USCG Stage in Key West for Hurricane Dorian response efforts in Caribbean, Bahamas

September 2, 2019 – More than 20 Coast Guard cutters crews from Sectors Miami and Key West are moored in Key West in preparation for deploying to Hurricane Dorian effected areas in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Multiple Coast Guard units throughout the Coast Guard 7th District area have pre-staged in key locations to be able to provide rapid and relevant response efforts to those areas effected by Hurricane Dorian.

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Navy Helicopter Squadrons in Florida Set to HURREVAC

August 31, 2019 – Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic (CHSMWL) has ordered aircraft at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville and Naval Station (NS) Mayport to set Sortie Condition Alpha and evacuate on Sept. 1 as Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida’s Atlantic Coast. A total of seven squadrons assigned to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic will begin hurricane evacuation (HURREVAC) to locations throughout Navy Regions Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Additionally, squadrons will move aircraft unable to evacuate inside hangars for the duration of the storm. Sortie Condition Alpha indicates destructive weather…

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Mayport Ships get Underway as Hurricane Dorian Approaches

August 29, 2019 – Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT) ordered U.S. Navy ships homeported at Naval Station Mayport to set Sortie Condition Alpha as Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida’s Atlantic coast. “Our top priority must always be the safety and security of our ships and aircraft, as well as our Sailors and families. We move our ships and aircraft in order to mitigate potential damage. When maintenance status prevents storm avoidance, we take extra precautions to best protect these units,” said Rear Adm. Don D. Gabrielson,…

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