UPDATE: Navy Orders Ships To Move Out Of Irene's Path

The U.S. Navy has ordered the Second Fleet in Virginia to leave Norfolk Naval Station to keep the ships safe Hurricane Irene, which is approaching the East Coast.

Thursday's order applies to 64 ships in southeastern Virginia. Twenty-seven ships are moving out to sea, beginning at 8 a.m. Another 28 are being moved to other places such as repair shipyards that are safer than the piers at Norfolk.

Nine ships are already at sea.

The Navy says ships that are under way can better weather such storms. It also will help protect piers from being damage.

Forecasters have yet to pinpoint where the hurricane will make landfall. It's currently a Category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph.



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The U.S. Navy has ordered the Second Fleet to prepare to move ships out of the way of Hurricane Irene beginning early Thursday.

The Navy said Wednesday night that the order applies to ships in southeastern Virginia. It is home to the largest naval base in the world.

The Navy says Irene's current track shows destructive winds and a dangerous storm surge are predicted to hit the area.

It says ships that are under way can better weather such storms. It also will help protect piers from being damaged.

The Navy says if the track changes, the sortie may not get under way.

Forecasters have yet to pinpoint where the hurricane will make landfall. It is currently a Category 3 storm with winds of 120 mph.


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  • by former navy on Aug 25, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    I always hated that when I was in the navy, a storm is coming so lets go out to sea to protect a boat while our family stays back to fend for themself.
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      by SGTMAJ on Aug 25, 2011 at 07:59 PM in reply to former navy
      Mission first!
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Aug 25, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    They always move them to the Eastern side of the Bay Bridge Tunnel. Even during high tide it is minimal clearance on them, and if their was damage to the bridge - they would be trapped in .
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