UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. Navy has dispatched an aircraft carrier and a number of other ships to the Florida Keys to help with search-and-rescue operations in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York left Norfolk, Va. on Sept. 8 to get into position to provide humanitarian relief and support to those affected by Irma.
The Pentagon also deployed dozens of helicopters and thousand of Marines and sailors to help with Irma relief.
According to the Navy, these ships can help with anything from medical support to maritime security.
The Lincoln also provides ample deck space to launch continuous search-and-rescue helicopter operations to and from shore.
The U.S. Defense Department said Monday that as many as 10,000 people who rode out the storm in the Keys may require evacuation.