UK and French forces train together for hurricane relief in the Caribbean

September 7, 2018 – One year on from the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean, Royal Naval auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay has landed a team of UK military personnel ashore in Martinique to train in hurricane relief with their French counterparts. Currently midway through her three-year deployment to the region, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship has been playing host to the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Troop who have been sent out to the region to cover the six months of core hurricane season.…

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Patrol ship back from the Caribbean

Google Translation Patrol Ship HNLMS Zeeland returned to Den Helder’s home this morning. It was a 4-month station ship in the Caribbean and made a significant contribution to emergency aid to the Dutch Windward Islands and Dominica. These were affected by hurricanes. After the passage of Hurricane Irma, Zeeland provided support staff and equipment from Aruba for Saint Eustatius, Saba and Saint Martin. The maritime NH90 board helicopter surveyed the damage to the islands. The ship’s quick interception vessels, the FRISCs, conducted port research and provided (technical) support to the…

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Life Saving Kearsarge Returns Home

USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) returned home to Norfolk Nov. 6, after 68 days of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Kearsarge, the staff of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, along with the 26th and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU); Commander, Amphibious Squadron 6; Tactical Air Control Squadron 22; Fleet Surgical Team 4; and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7, departed for Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey Aug. 31, after approximately 30 hours in port following a…

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Partnership Enables Sealift Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico

The first humanitarian relief supplies sealifted from here to Ponce, Puerto Rico, departed Oct. 31. In the hours following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Joint Base Charleston C-17 Globemaster III transport jets responded, delivering more than 1,700 tons of aid, supplies and medical teams to affected areas. The C-17s can get to austere locations quickly, but the amount of cargo they can carry is limited. “The 841st Transportation Battalion has been working with [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] and other interagency partners over the past couple of weeks to move…

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Jones Act Fleet Plays Vital Role in Puerto Rico Relief; AMP Sets Record Straight on Jones Act

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the American Maritime Partnership – the voice of the domestic maritime industry – today issued the following statement regarding the men and women of the American maritime industry’s critical dedication to delivering essential cargoes to areas impacted by the storm and the capacity and capability of Jones Act vessels to meet Puerto Rico’s present and future needs. “The men and women of the American maritime industry stand committed to the communities in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria, where many of our own employees…

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HMS Ocean begins hurricane relief effort

Teams from HMS Ocean have thrown themselves into the relief effort on their first day on the ground in the British Virgin Islands. As soon as the helicopter carrier arrived off Tortola yesterday morning, sailors, soldiers and Royal Marines were landed to bolster the efforts of 40 Commando and 59 Commando Squadron Royal Engineers, who have been on the ground for the past fortnight. With nine helicopters and four landing craft, and 60 tonnes of aid in her hangar – building material, heavy plant, humanitarian aid and medical supplies –…

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HMS Ocean tracks weather as she speeds to hurricane zone

HMS Ocean is heading into the ‘Atlantic hurricane conveyor belt’ at top speed as she races to deliver crucial aid to Britons in the Caribbean. Filled with aid from the UK and Gibraltar Governments – trucks, food, temporary shelters, building materials and toys – the helicopter carrier is following in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the latest storm to smash its way through the islands of the Caribbean. Ocean is due to reach the region at the end of the week, which has meant the staff of her Hydrographic Meteorological…

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USS Abraham Lincoln and USS San Jacinto depart Florida coast

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) with embarked Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12) staff, and the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG-56) departed the coast of Key West, Fla., yesterday after turning over Navy sea-based support to civilian authorities in Florida to Carrier Strike Group 10 (CSG 10). CSG 10, embarked on the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), is operating with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) off the coast of the Florida keys.…

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Tonnerre Departs Toulon for West Indies

Google Translation On the night of September 12 to 13, 2017, the Tonnerre Projection and Command Building (BPC) departed Toulon after completing its loading during the night. The second largest ship of the French Navy after the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, it will project to the West Indies emergency reconstruction capacities. On board aboard are military personnel and means of the three armies and services of the armed forces, but also persons of the different administrations engaged in the relief operations. In total, more than 500 men and women…

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Hurricane IRMA: French Navy committed to the armed forces in the West Indies

With the aim of helping the population as quickly and efficiently as possible, the French Navy is helping to mobilize material and human resources in Saint Martin and Guadeloupe following Hurricane Irma. Two Falcon 50s from the French Navy were mobilized. Several reconnaissance flights have already taken place to carry out observation and damage assessment missions. They will ensure that landing areas for helicopters and access to ports are suitable for use in emergency operations. The surveillance frigate (FS) Ventôse, with a Panther helicopter on board, sail from Fort-de France…

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Abraham Lincoln Departs Norfolk for Hurricane Irma Relief (Video)

170908-N-RB564-003 NORFOLK (Sept.8, 2017) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) departs Naval Station Norfolk In support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts. The Department of Defense is supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Irma to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall hole-of-government response effort. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary A. Prill)

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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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