NORFOLK (AP) -- Three Norfolk-based ships are now anchored off New York in case they're needed to help with storm response efforts, the Dept. of Defense said Friday.
The USS Wasp headed north on Tuesday. It was already out at sea to ride out the storm. Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., flew aboard USS Wasp on Thursday, Nov. 1, to prepare to provide assistance to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy's chief spokesman, wrote in a blog post Wednesday that the ships have not been officially been asked to provide support. That decision would be made by U.S. Northern Command in support of FEMA efforts.
Kirby wrote that the amphibious ships were moved to reduce the amount of time it takes for the ships to get into position if they're needed.