The U.S. Army decided to send aid in South Florida for recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma.
The military sent 9,900 National Guard soldiers and Corps of Engineers members to Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. They also send six aircraft, 500 trucks, and 80 generators, while the National Guard Bureau has 30,000 troops, 4,000 trucks, and 100 helicopters on standby.
The Navy has also sent aid to the Caribbean. They sent seven ships in order to help with the evacuation from St. Thomas to St. Croix. They also went on search and rescue missions. Although the USS Oak Hill and the USS Kearsarge were deployed to help Texas, they went north of St. Croix last week.
“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, security, route clearance and water purification,” U.S. Northern Command said in a statement last week, according to The Hill.
The USS Iwo Jima and USS New York left port in Florida last week to bring sailors and Marines from up north.
News Max reports: A Pentagon spokesperson told McClatchy that “as Irma clears, airfields will be established in southern Florida and support operations from the sea with air assets provided” by the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS San Jacinto, the four of which can act as floating platforms.
The Coast Guard is currently monitoring the situation and preparing for rescue missions.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has already activated 4,000 National Guard troops. However, he hopes to activate all 8,000 soon. Puerto Rico also called its 5,200 troops, while the U.S. Virgin Islands activated their 700 National Guard members.
There is also 24-hour call center established at Pensacola Naval Air Station to support the Navy bases in the area.
President Trump proved that he knows how to deal with a natural disaster. He’s a strong and good leader.