The USS Abraham Lincoln was ordered was ordered by Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command to get underway Friday and be in position off the Florida Atlantic coast for disaster relief.
USS Abraham Lincoln the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York to leave Norfolk, Virginia, and be in position to provide humanitarian relief in support of federal, state and local authorities if requested, the Navy said in a statement.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Farragut, already underway and conducting local operations off the Florida coast, has been ordered to join the three-ship group, the service said.
Iwo Jima and New York departed Mayport, Florida, on Sept. 5 and took on supplies at Norfolk and more than 300 Marines and sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, and II Marine Expeditionary Force.
“These ships are capable of providing medical support, maritime civil affairs, maritime security, expeditionary logistic support, medium and heavy lift air support, and bring a diverse capability including assessment and security,” the U.S. Fleet Forces Commander, Admiral Phil Davidson said in a statement to the press.
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This article was sourced and published by The Department of the Navy.