The U.S. Navy dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) will return to its homeport, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, after supporting hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Oct. 29.
The ship departed Norfolk on Aug. 31, to support relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and were redirected to be in a position to support efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Earlier this week, the Department of Defense announced that as part of the broader planning effort to transition from hurricane response to hurricane recovery, FEMA and DoD have assessed the need for continuing the use of certain support assets currently assigned to the territories.
Together they determined, in consultation with the Governor of Puerto Rico, that some Defense Department assets are no longer needed. Oak Hill, along with USS Wasp (LHD-1), were identified as assets no longer needed.
Oak Hill provided immediate response capabilities from the sea to rapidly get route clearance equipment ashore to assist in opening roads to move life sustaining commodities to people across the territory. Over time more federal assets and local responders have provided the capability to perform and maintain route clearance during the recovery phase.
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