Thursday, June 13, 2024

In photos: Aircraft return to Naval Air Station Oceana

VIRGINIA BEACH — Navy ships and aircraft began their return to Hampton Roads Saturday — surface ships will start to return Sunday.

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered all Navy ships in the Hampton Roads area to sortie on Sept. 10, ahead of Hurricane Florence. Nearly 30 ships got underway from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

Ships were directed to areas of the Atlantic where they are best postured for storm avoidance.

RELATED VIDEO: Here’s video of Navy helicopters positioning for possible rescue/relief mission in the aftermath of Florence

While most of the aircraft under the command of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic are returning, some assets will remain underway or stand-by in a ready status, prepared to provide defense support to civilian authority (DSCA) if requested through U.S. Northern Command.

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