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Release No: 426-99
September 15, 1999

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROTECTS AIRCRAFT, VESSELS, PEOPLE FROM HURRICANE FLOYD

As Hurricane Floyd moves up the East Coast, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have relocated hundreds of military aircraft and vessels out of Floyd's path, and evacuated all non-emergency military and civilians to help ensure their safety.

The Army has evacuated Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia and moved its aircraft from Hunter and Fort Bragg, N.C. to various military installations further inland. At Fort Stewart, Ga., approximately 700 soldiers and their family members moved to temporary shelters on Fort Stewart as a precautionary measure.

The Navy relocated from Jacksonville, Naval Air Station, Fla.: 12 SH-60 helicopters to Whiting Field, Milton, Fla.; seven SH-60s to the USS John F. Kennedy underway; 15 P-3 Orion aircraft to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio; 13 P-3s to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas with five remaining in hangars; 12 F/A Hornets to Corpus Christ Naval Air Station, Texas; 13 F/A-18s to Fort Campbell, Ky.; 16 S-3 Vikings to Meridian Naval Air Station, Miss. and six SH-3 H helicopters are hangared.

The Navy also is relocating 80 ships and submarines from Mayport, Fla., Kings Bay, Ga. and the Norfolk, Va. area to the open seas. Vessels in the Norfolk area are getting underway today and will remain so until Floyd passes.

The Marine Corps evacuated about 7,000 Marine recruits and drill instructors from Parris Island, S.C. to the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany Ga. The Marines also have evacuated the Blount Island Command near Jacksonville, Fla.

Also the Marines moved fixed-wing aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C. to include 15 AV-8 Harriers, 12 EA-6B Prowlers and 13 KC-130 Hercules to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; 12 KC-130s to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

Four KC-130s, 15 AV-8s, six EA-6Bs remain hangared and two KC-130s have been tied down on the flight line.

From Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C., the Marines relocated 57 F/A-18s to Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, Texas.

Eleven F/A-18s and the Air Station's one CH-46 Search-and-Rescue helicopter have been hangered.

From Marine Corps Air Station, New River, N.C., all flyable CH-53E aircraft from Marine Aircraft Group 26 have evacuated to Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

All flyable CH-46E UH-1N and AH-1W aircraft from Marine Aircraft Group 26 and all flyable CH-53E, CH-46E, UH-1N and AH-1W from Marine Aircraft Group 29 have been evacuated to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. All grounded aircraft have been secured within station hangars.

The Air Force has secured four launch vehicles at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla. They are also relocating aircraft from numerous locations.

In Baltimore, the Maryland Air National Guard has moved 11 A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and seven C-130's. The A-10's and one C-130E will go to Fort Wayne, Ind. Four C-130E's and one C-130J will sortie to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. The remaining six A10s, one C130E, and one C-130J will be hangared.

From Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.: seven C-141 Starlifters and two C-17 Globemaster IIIs are moving to Wright-Patterson, nine C-17s to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and two C-141s to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. One C-141 and two C-17s remain hangared.

From Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, N.C. the North Carolina Air National Guard is relocating 10 C-130s to Smyrna, Tenn. At Homestead Air Reserve Base Fla., the base has been evacuated and 10 F-16 Falcons have sortied to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. From Jacksonville International Airport, Fla., the Florida Air National Guard has moved 13 F-15 Eagle jets to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and two F-15s from their deployed location at Homestead to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

From Langley Air Force Base, Va., the Air Force has sortied 38 F-15s to Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind. From Macdill Air Force Base, Fla., eight KC-135Rs have sortied to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, with one KC-135 Stratotanker each going to Bangor Air National Guard Base, Maine and Carswell, Texas, and a KC-135 and CT-43 to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. One E-3A Sentry has relocated to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

From McEntire Air National Guard Base, S.C., 15 F-16s have sortied to Randolph Air force Base, Texas, with three remaining in hangars. At Moody Air Force Base, Ga., 27 F-16s and one C-130 have sortied to Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. Five HC-130s moved to Dyess; six A-10s and one C-130 went to Barksdale. Two HH-60 helicopters have sortied to Fort Campbell, Ky.

Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., has evacuated and sent four HC-130s and six HH-60s to Dobbins Air Reserve Base. From Pope Air Force Base, N.C., nine C-130s each have moved to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., and Fort Campbell, Ky., with 35 A-10s and one C-130 moving to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio.

In Richmond, Va., the Virgina Air National Guard has moved 11 F-16s to Wright Patterson. Two remaining F-16s are in hangars on base.

From Robins Air Force Base, Ga., five KC-135Rs, two C-141s, two C-5 Galaxies and five C-130s have sortied to Grissom; three E-8Cs have moved to Tinker, and five B-1B Lancers have sortied to McConnell. From Savannah, Ga., the Georgia Air National Guard has moved four C-130s to Dobbins Air Reserve Base and five C-130s to Millington Municipal Airport, Tenn.

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. has moved 55 F-15Es and five KC-135s to Tinker Air Force Base, while 23 F-16s remained in hangars. Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. flew 62 F-16s to Wright-Patterson and one to Andrews, while eight remain hangared.