HMS Ocean arrives in Caribbean to boost UK disaster relief effort

ReliefWeb – The Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Ocean has arrived in the British Virgin Islands to support those affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria.

Carrier Lincoln Hands Over Hurricane Irma Relief Effort to Carrier Strike Group 10

USNI News – Aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), with embarked Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG-12) staff and the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG-56), has left the Florida coast, having turned over the Navy’s sea-based Hurricane Irma relief efforts to Carrier Strike Group 10. Thursday night, Carrier Strike Group 10 – amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD-21) and Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG-99) – arrived in position off the coast of the Florida Keys.

Helos from USS Abraham Lincoln Now Delivering Food and Water to Hurricane Irma Victims

USNI News – Positioned off the coast of Florida, helicopters from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are now delivering food and water to Florida as part of the Hurricane Irma relief effort. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS New York (LPD 21) are expected to join the relief effort Tuesday.

Navy Prepares Ships for Hurricane Irma Relief Operations

USNI News – The Navy sent the ships to sea ahead of the storm’s landfall last week, in order to be able to quickly assist with recovery efforts. The ships can provide medical support, security, logistic support, medium and heavy lift air support, and can assist state and federal agencies assessing damage. Before the Navy can provide assistance, a formal request must be made by state and federal officials.

USS Kearsarge, USS Oak Hill Positioned to Respond to Both Hurricane Irma and Harvey Relief Operations

USNI News – Amphibious warships USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) are positioned to support hurricane relief efforts, if civilian authorities make a request for assistance.

USS Kearsarge, USS Oak Hill Leave Thursday for Hurricane Harvey Relief Operation

USNI News – Amphibious warships USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) are set to set sail on Thursday under orders Wednesday from Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, to provide humanitarian aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Navy Prepping USS Kearsarge, USS Oak Hill for Post Hurricane Harvey Humanitarian Mission

USNI News – The Navy is preparing USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) to assist ongoing recovery efforts in the Texas and Louisiana gulf coast region following Hurricane Harvey.

Crowdsourced command centre co-ordinates rescue efforts in Houston

CBC – Volunteers use technology to navigate where and how to make their next rescue.

Marines, Soldiers Arrive In Haiti As Navy Ships Prepare For Potential Hurricane Response Mission

USNI News – More than 420 Marines on two Navy ships are preparing to head to the Caribbean if called upon to respond to Hurricane Matthew, and a portion of the Marine Corps unit working in Central America is already in Haiti.

Hurricane Matthew: Navy Considering Carrier George Washington, Amphib Mesa Verde for Potential Relief Operations

USNI News – Ahead of the potentially devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti and Cuba, the U.S. Navy is assessing what it could bring in support of disaster relief efforts to the region.

USS Ashland Returns To Saipan With Supplies To Restore Water, Power To Island

USNI News – Marines and sailors from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) returned to Saipan in the Northern Marianas with heavy equipment to restore power and water purifiers to provide as much as 40,000 gallons of drinking water after the island was devastated by a typhoon last week..

U.S. Scrambles Amphib USS Ashland, 31st MEU Marines to Saipan for FEMA Typhoon Relief Mission

USNI News – Amphibious warship USS Ashland (LSD-48) and elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are bound for Saipan — at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — to assist in disaster relief following the devastating landfall of Typhoon Soudelor last week.

Nepal quake: US aid planes arrive in Kathmandu

BBC – About 100 US marines, two helicopters and four Ospreys capable of vertical take-off are now in Kathmandu.

Operations Other Than War – China’s Hospital Ship Helps Out in The Philippines—America’s Stays Home

War is Boing – The Chinese navy’s giant hospital ship Peace Ark has begun search-and-rescue operations in The Philippines, some three weeks after one of history’s biggest recorded typhoons smashed into the archipelago nation and killed thousands of people. Meanwhile America’s own Pacific Ocean hospital ship, the much larger Mercy, remains in port in California—Washington having determined that, nearly a month after the storm, Manila no longer needs the vessel’s expansive, cutting-edge facilities.

Operations Other Than War – HMS Illustrious crew miss Christmas to deliver aid

BBC – When the decision was taken to deploy HMS Illustrious to the Philippines it was patrolling for pirates off the coast of Somalia.

Operations Other Than War – In the Disaster Zone, Marine V-22s Finally Deliver on Tiltrotor Promise

War is Boring – Controversial tiltrotors revamping their reputation in The Philippines.

Operations Other Than War – HMS Daring arrives in Philippines to aid Typhoon Haiyan victims

BBC – British warship HMS Daring has docked in the Philippines to help the UK’s emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan.

Operations Other Than War – The Navy’s Strategy for Saving the World

War is Boring – On Nov. 13, 2013, the U.S. Pacific Fleet activated the San Diego-based USNS Mercy, one of America’s two giant hospital ships, to help out in The Philippines after the archipelago nation was devastated by one of history’s biggest recorded storms. Mercy’s deployment is part of wider humanitarian strategy.

Operations Other Than War – Here’s How the U.S. Military Will Help With Typhoon Relief

War is Boring – How will the U.S. help, though? Here’s a primer, based on announced deployments and previous disaster relief efforts.

Operations Other Than War – Navy Activates Hospital Ship Mercy for Philippines Disaster Relief

USNI News – The Navy is activating the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) to the Philippines as part of the ongoing U.S. disaster effort following Super Typhoon Haiyan. If ordered to deploy, Mercy would get underway in the next several days and could arrive in the Philippines sometime in December.

Operations Other Than War – British carrier HMS Illustrious to aid typhoon victims

BBC – The aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will be sent to help people affected by the typhoon in the Philippines. HMS Illustrious is currently in the Gulf and is expected to arrive in the Philippines on 24 November. The carrier will relieve destroyer HMS Daring, which is already on its way and should arrive on Saturday.

Operations Other Than War – US carrier boosts Philippines relief effort

BBC – A US aircraft carrier and its escort of two cruisers have arrived off the Philippines coast to help communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Operations Other Than War – Navy to Send Two Amphibious Ships to the Philippines

USNI News – The U.S. Navy is preparing two amphibious warships to join the disaster relief effort in the Philippines. USS Germantown (LSD-42) and USS Ashland (LSD-48) will shortly depart from Naval Station Sasebo, Japan and will arrive sometime next week.

Operations Other Than War – U.S., Britain send warships to help Philippine relief efforts

Reuters – The USS George Washington and HMS Daring are on their way to the Philippines to assist.

US Navy – The New Normalcy: Sea Power and Contingency Operations in the Twenty-First Century

US Naval War College Review – In September 1994, the Caribbean nation of Haiti burst into political unrest that drove twenty-six thousand migrants out to sea on board overcrowded and unseaworthy craft in an unprecedented mass migration to the United States. Several months later, over thirty thousand Cubans followed suit, attempting to reach the mainland on literally anything that could float. On 31 August 2005, a “weapon of mass destruction” in the form of a category-five hurricane exploded in the Gulf coast city of New Orleans, killing over 1,300 citizens and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands. Finally, on 20 April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon exploratory oil rig exploded, heralding an unprecedented environmental disaster whose final impact has yet to be determined. What these events shared, with their catastrophic nature and international impact, was a link to the sea. Although vastly different in cause, circumstances, and scope—ranging as they did from a man-made political event to recovery from the wrath of nature—these crises all saw a significant application of sea power in reaction and recovery operations.