13 Sep '18, 11pm

Amphibious Ships to 'Chase Florence' as 7,000 Troops Stand by for Rescue Ops

Amphibious Ships to 'Chase Florence' as 7,000 Troops Stand by for Rescue Ops

The military effort activated to support relief and search-and-rescue operations after Hurricane Florence hits the East Coast has swelled to more than 7,000 troops, with thousands more standing by on ready-to-deploy orders, the commander of U.S. Northern Command said Thursday. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy said Florence, which has prompted more than one million evacuations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, will be met with comprehensive and wide-ranging military relief efforts from every side, including from the ocean, where two amphibious ships are following hard in the wake of the storm. "The USS Kearsarge and Arlington, which will literally chase Florence in, have Navy and Marine personnel in addition to life-saving assets to include 16 helicopters, and six MV-22 [Ospreys]," O'Shaughnessy said. The amphibious ...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/09/13/amphibious...

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