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Navy in Pacific Responds to Tsunami Warning

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2010 – The Navy is taking precautionary measures in response to the Tsunami warning issued in the wake of an 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile today. The measures include preparing to sortie ships and moving a ship from Naval Station Pearl Harbor and one from Naval Station San Diego.

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The guided-missile destroyer USS O'Kane makes its way out of Pearl Harbor as the state of Hawaii prepares for a possible tsunami generated by an 8.8-magnitude earthquake near Chile. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Logico

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USS Crommelin, USS Chafee, USS Chung Hoon and USS O'Kane, USNS Yukon and Sea Commando, a SEAL support vessel, will sortie from Naval Station Pearl Harbor. USS Port Royal is in a maintenance availability and cannot get underway, so it will be moved to deeper water inside the harbor.

In addition, the U.S. 3rd Fleet took precautionary measures by advising able San Diego ships to get underway and to take station in the Southern California operating area. USS Lake Champlain will join USS Pearl Harbor, USS Dubuque, USS Peleliu, and USNS Rainier, which are already at sea.

The Navy is encouraging military families in Hawaii are encouraged to call Fleet and Family Support Center in Hawaii at (808) 474-1999 or to check Commander Navy Region Hawaii Facebook page to be kept appraised of latest updates. Updates also available on the U.S. Navy Facebook page.

(From an U.S. Navy press release.)

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