The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship, USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and amphibious transport dock, USS New York (LPD-21), with elements from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will get underway from their homeport, Naval Station Mayport, Florida on Oct. 7.
Both ships are directed by Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, to be in position to support the gulf coast region in the event assistance is needed following Tropical Storm Nate, which is currently projected to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall.
To support the disaster relief efforts by the Navy and Marine Corps team, the combined aircraft on the two ships are three U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Marine Heavy Lift Helicopters, six Navy MH-60S and four MH-60R Medium Lift Helicopters.
These ships are capable of providing medical support, maritime civil affairs, maritime security, expeditionary logistic support, medium and heavy lift air support and bring diverse skills including assessment and security.
Iwo Jima and New York steamed to the Florida Keys in early September to provide immediate assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma. While on station, Sailors and Marines worked along the Lower Keys, from Marathon to Key West, clearing debris from roadway, distributing food, water, tarps and blankets, and repairing generators and other critical infrastructure, such as water-pumping stations.
The ships returned to Mayport on Sept. 19.
USS New York (LPD-21), the fifth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named after the state of New York. The ship has a crew of 360 and can carry up to 700 Marines. It is notable for using a symbolic amount of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center after it was destroyed in the September 11 attacks.
USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy. The ship was named for the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II. The ship was commissioned in 2001.
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