Powerful Prediction: Finding a better way to forecast hurricane strength

As Hurricane Irma approaches U.S. shores, researchers sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) are using air-dropped autonomous sensors to compile real-time ocean observations to help forecasters predict the strength of future tropical storms. This marks the first time the sensors – called ALAMO (Air-Launched Autonomous Micro Observer) sensors – are being used in hurricane-prediction research. While standard computerized prediction models rely on atmospheric data like air temperature, humidity, altitude, and wind speed and direction, the ALAMO sensors (sponsored by ONR) measure oceanographic phenomena beneath the sea surface. “Hurricanes…

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USS Iwo Jima, USS New York, USS San Jacinto Poised to Support Irma Relief Efforts

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS New York (LPD 21) departed Naval Station Norfolk September 8th to support possible humanitarian relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  The two ships, assigned to Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4, will be joined by the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56).  Iwo Jima and New York pulled into Norfolk Sept. 7 after leaving their Mayport, Florida, homeport to embark a component of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, a detachment from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, as well as members of…

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HMS Ocean and RFA Mounts Bay diverted to deliver disaster relief in the Caribbean

Royal Navy fleet flagship HMS Ocean has been diverted from a planned task to provide vital humanitarian aid to Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma and in the path of Hurricane José. The helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship will join Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay, providing logistical and medical support. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced the change of tasking following a COBRA meeting today. “With the danger posed by Hurricane Jose which will hit areas already affected by the storms, we are diverting a second ship to the…

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Coast Guard monitors return of cruise ships to Galveston

The Coast Guard is monitoring the return of cruise ships to ports in Galveston, Texas, Friday. Cruise ship passengers were allowed to disembark at Galveston ship terminals after being stranded at sea for an additional six days due to Hurricane Harvey. “It’s a bittersweet feeling for the passengers,” said Malcom Burn, cruise director of Carnival cruise ship Freedom. “They are excited to be back, but are also uncertain of what they are going to see when they get home.” The Coast Guard is working closely with federal, state, local and…

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USCGC Maria Bray deploys in support of Hurricane Harvey operations

Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray is deploying Tuesday in support of Hurricane Harvey operations. While deployed, Chief Warrant Officer Michael Tomasi, the Maria Bray’s commanding officer, states the unit will assist in a variety of missions. “We’re going to do a little bit of everything,” Tomasi said. “We’re going to assist in opening up the shipping lanes so commerce can start flowing in. We’ll provide any search-and-rescue as needed and obviously any humanitarian supplies and support that they need.” Maria Bray is a 175-foot keeper-class coastal buoy tender homeported in…

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CGAS Houston Rescue Operations August 29

Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews evacuate Houston residents in flooded areas Aug. 29, 2017. Coast Guard air crews from around the nation are assisting in rescue efforts. In total, there are 21 helicopters assisting with around-the-clock rescue operations in Houston: seven MH-60 Jayhawks and 14 MH-65 Dolphins. “The Coast Guard is continuing to work with all federal, state and local agencies for rescue operations in the Houston area. We have pulled assets and resources from across the country to create a sustainable force,” said Vice Adm.…

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Coast Guard Strike Force responds to aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi

The Coast Guard is responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey near Corpus Christi Sunday. The Coast Guard National Strike Force is evaluating the area for potential hazardous material and pollution after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. “One of our critical focuses here is to assess any potential hazmat or pollution caused by Harvey, said Capt. Tony Hahn, incident commander and captain of the port in Corpus Christi. “We are working diligently with our partner agencies to gage and respond to any incident that occurs from Harvey.”

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Coast Guard rescues 12 near Port Mansfield, Texas

The Coast Guard rescued 12 people aboard a 160-foot vessel taking on water near Port Mansfield, Texas, Friday. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report at 3:40 a.m. of the commercial diving vessel Gulf Justice taking on water with 12 people aboard. Watchstanders directed the launch of two Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews at 12:40 p.m. after a tug was unable to assist as planned due to not being able to get underway. Watchstanders maintained hourly communication with the vessel operator throughout the…

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Coast Guard rescued 15 people near Port Aransas, Texas

Coast Guard rescued four people in distress aboard the vessel Signet Enterprise near Port Aransas, Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. A Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew launched to assist the people in distress. Coast Guard video by Air Station Corpus Christi

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