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“SAIL” More Important than Ever

By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

Last month, there was a significant decrease in the SAIL referral rate and there is concern that commands are not submitting referrals due to the COVID-19 crisis. Now more than ever, the Navy Suicide Prevention Program is encouraging commands and Suicide Prevention Coordinators (SPCs) to continue submitting SAIL referrals following instances of suicide-related behaviors (SRBs). SAIL services are critical during this crisis and commands must continue to submit referrals. Due to COVID-19 operations, caring contacts have transitioned from in-person contacts to telephonic contacts, but SAIL Case Managers are still standing by to assist Sailors.

Sailors sometimes do not speak up about their feelings of hopelessness or emotional distress prior to an SRB because they fear judgement and other negative perceptions. The Navy created the SAIL Program to provide a support network that assists Sailors in navigating resources. Participation in SAIL initiates a series of caring contacts during the first 90 days after an SRB to ensure the Sailor has ongoing resources and support. SAIL is not therapy and does not replace therapy or the care the Sailor may receive from medical and chaplains. It is risk assessment, safety planning and a link to all the additional resources that Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) offers to support our Sailors.

The SAIL Program
launches into action when a command notifies their SPC when an SRB occurs.
SPC then contacts the Navy Suicide Prevention Program, which forwards the
Sailor’s information to Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). CNIC
contacts the appropriate FFSC Case Manager, who first reaches out to the
command, and then reaches out to the Sailor to offer SAIL. SAIL case managers
help Sailors understand, choose and engage with resources they need.  Sailors are empowered to strengthen their coping
throughout the process.

Although risk factors associated with SRBs do not cause or predict suicide, several relate to social connection:

– Lack of social support and sense of isolation

– Loss of relationship or significant personal loss

– Feeling like a burden to others, helplessness

– Feeling like a burden to others, helplessness

If you hold a leadership position, be sure to actively
to your Sailors with the intent to understand, not just respond. After
someone experiences an SRB, one of the most important things they need is
support. Support from leadership
is critical at this time. Remaining transparent with others in discussing
thoughts of suicide or other forms of self-harm openly promotes help-seeking
behavior. Facilitating positive
and ongoing dialogue around stress helps empower proactive self-care.

is just as critical to readiness as physical health. Feeling
connected to others can help reduce the isolation of suicidal thoughts, which
often stem from a desire to stop intense pain rather than a desire to die. Leaders
at all levels of the Navy contribute to their shipmates’ understanding of resources
and command climate. Whether you’re a deckplate leader, front-line supervisor
or commander, investing
in relationships
with your team through mentorship and other forms of
social connection helps create an environment where all Sailors feel heard and valued.
We all play a part in creating a supportive
where those who need help have the courage to seek help and
feel heard.  

To learn more about the SAIL Program and access additional
resources for leaders, visit this

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate
assistance, the Military Crisis Line is available 24/7.  Call 1-800-273-8255 (Option 1), text 838255 or
visit for free and confidential support.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Is an Ongoing Effort

By MyNavy HR Fleet Master Chief Wes Koshoffer

Shipmates, Fleet Master Chief Koshoffer from MyNavy HR here to talk about Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.  COVID-19 mitigation efforts have really changed the way we are doing business in many areas of our Navy but there are some things that we must continue to work on, regardless of the scenario we are facing.  Preventing sexual harassment and sexual assault is one of those areas where we can never take our eye off the ball. 
Last year during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, we renewed our commitment to prevent sexual violence. This year, we will build on that pledge with some actionable steps: Respect. Protect. Empower. We must, at all times, commit to treating others with respect. Protecting one another from harm and empowering those around us to speak up and step in.
We all play a significant role in prevention! We have a great team of coordinators, advocates, and support personnel doing amazing work but the responsibility to protect our Shipmates is shared by every one of us. 
Every member of our team must set the tone, lead by example, and consistently engage in behavior that fosters dignity and respect. We must hold ourselves accountable to the highest possible standards of conduct, and we must create an inclusive team that is focused on building a stronger, more resilient, and more powerful Navy.
While April presents an opportunity to highlight the SAPR Program, eradicating sexual assault from our ranks can only be accomplished when all hands are engaged in creating a positive, professional environment that is built on trust.
Although we will not be able to conduct the same types of “events” that we normally would – we can still spend some time looking at the culture that we are creating in our workplace and we can certainly re-dedicate ourselves to the prevention of sexual assault in our Navy!

COVID-19 Navy Update: CNO and MCPON Message to the Fleet

CNO: Shipmates, it’s the 30th of March, 2020. MCPON Smith and I wanted to provide you and your families an update on COVID-19. During this extraordinary time, what remains constant are our top three priorities: taking care of you and your families, being mission ready, and supporting the whole-of-government effort.

This past week, we’ve seen a rise in numbers who have tested positive for the coronavirus throughout the Fleet. We continue to take this threat very seriously and are working aggressively to keep Sailors healthy, as well as to prevent further spread of the virus.

CNO: We have to think, act, and operate differently right now to both protect Sailors and to remain mission ready. This is not business as usual. That is why many commanders have implemented a 14-day fast cruise for units preparing to get underway, which will conduct important training evolutions, exercises, or deployments.
MCPON: Additionally, we have implemented a 14-day restricted-movement policy for new recruits at RTC. And the entire RTC staff will also remain on base for up to 90 days, to minimize potential spread of the virus.
CNO: We are also supporting the whole-of-government approach in many ways. USNS Mercy arrived in Los Angeles last Friday, and USNS Comfort arrived in New York City this morning. We also deployed two expeditionary medical teams: one to Dallas, Texas, and the other to New Orleans.
MCPON: 2,200 Navy medical professionals are on board these ships, which will serve as referral hospitals for non-COVID-19 patients. Another 1,000 medical personnel are awaiting orders to be deployed.
CNO: In this fight, our Navy medical team is on the front line – fighting to care and treat the American people. Other Sailors from our Reserve and Engineering communities may join the coronavirus fight soon. You all have our thanks and our gratitude.
MCPON: People are the lifeblood of the Navy – and we are counting on every Sailor to take this outbreak seriously.

While we recognize some new COVID-19 policies place a burden on you and your families, these actions must be taken to ensure your safety and also to maintain mission readiness.

To families and loved ones at home, thank you for your support and understanding. This is a hard time, and we could not do this without you.
CNO: I’ll end with this: As military professionals, we prepare daily to deal with adversity, uncertainty and conflict. Our Sailors and their families are resilient. We know you will set an example for your friends, for your neighbors and in your local communities on how to make personal sacrifices in service of the collective good. So stay safe, Shipmates. Americans depend on us for security. And we will not let them down.

USNS Mercy, USNS Comfort: 2020 COVID-19 Deployment

This is the U.S. Navy blog site for the 2020 deployment of Navy hospital ships USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) to provide medical support to Americans in regions significantly affected by the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Navy medical professionals on both ships will assist local health care providers by offering care to persons who do not have the virus, freeing local hospitals and clinics to treat COVID-19 patients.

Visit here frequently to see the latest video content, imagery, news articles and other information about these ships and their Navy crew members as they serve Americans during this deployment.


The operation is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with U.S. Northern Command, Military Sealift Command and the U.S. Navy. The Navy is committed to providing Defense Support of Civil Authorities by increasing medical capacity and collaboration for medical assistance in two areas of the country that have seen tremendous impact from the coronabvirus pandemic.


News Releases

March 24, 2020: Navy Reserve Arrives to Support USNS Mercy

March 18, 2020 – Hospital Ships, Other DOD Assets Prepare for Coronavirus Response

Supporting Content

DVIDS Resources (Video, Imagery, Additional Reporting)

USNS Mercy Photo Gallery

USNS Comfort Photo Gallery

Historical Perspective

Answering the Call: Stateside Deployments of U.S. Navy Hospital Ships

More Resources

U.S. Navy COVID-19 Response

Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)

U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM)

Military Sealift Command

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

CNO’s Message to the Fleet on Coronavirus

By Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

Shipmates, it’s the 19th of March, 2020. A lot has changed in the past week, and the impacts of the coronavirus are changing daily life for all of us.

Our focus right now is threefold: We must protect our people, and we must maintain mission readiness. And finally, we have to support the whole-of-government effort.

That is why we’ve enacted additional policies designed to combat the spread of coronavirus.  

We’ve done a number of things, including moving to shift work, reducing our manning, and increasing our telework. We have closed DoD schools and many MWR facilities, as well as curtailed some child and youth programs. We have postponed our E-4 advancement exam, we’ve suspended the spring physical readiness test, and we’ve postponed drill weekends for reserves until May 11. We’ve also suspended recruit graduation ceremonies until further notice. Additionally, we will pause administrative and statutory promotion boards for the time being.

But many things remain open too, including our commissaries, our exchanges, our military treatment facilities, as well as our Military Health System Nurse Advice Line and our My Navy Career Center—all available 24/7 to answer your questions. 

We are also preparing our two 1,000-bed hospital ships, the Mercy and Comfort, to get underway to relieve pressure on civilian health providers, who are focused on treating folks with the coronavirus.

Operationally, to keep our ships, our aircraft and our submarines ready, commanders are empowered to take the necessary precautions, so they can effectively carry out their missions and meet the critical needs of our Sailors.

While 30 percent of our fleet is underway today—including four carrier strike groups and four amphibious ready groups—we must, to the greatest extent possible, practice social distancing, as well as good hygiene and cleanliness aboard our ships, in our offices, and in our homes.

America continues to depend on us to provide security and stability to this nation, and we will do just that.

Expect additional guidance over the days and weeks ahead as this situation continues to change. To stay up-to-date on these changes, check out our coronavirus page on 

Finally, we must be mindful that while many of our shipmates are very adept at maintaining their support networks, for some, social distancing can lead to a loss of connectedness and feelings of isolation. You need to know that you’re not alone. 

If you or if one of your shipmates need help, reach out to the resources that we have available, whether it’s the Military Crisis Line, Military OneSource, our Navy chaplain care, or the Psychological Health Resource Center. We also have our Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center and our Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

Above all, take care of yourselves, your families, and each other. Your safety remains our primary concern as we continue to carry out the Navy’s mission in defense of our nation.

MyNavy HR – Serving Sailors 24/7

If you’re seeking information on your career, pay grades and health or policy concerning family, reserves and veterans, you can find it here.

We compile personnel and policy announcements being made
during 2020 to help Sailors and their families.

Go to All Hands
Magazine online
 for information on the Navy’s culture and heritage,
and feature information for Sailors.

For your mobile phone and tablet, check out the latest
editions of the Navy App
 where you can find information on uniform regulations,
education, fitness and more.

Click the categories below for announcements presented in reverse chronological order.













Follow this page for updates.


16-year-mark Cap
Removed from GI-Bill Transferability Policy
(Jan. 10, 2020)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Sailors who are serving beyond 16 years
and meet service-commitment eligibility criteria now retain the option to
transfer GI Bill benefits to dependents as outlined in NAVADMIN 006/20
announced Jan. 10.

Navy Announces New
Legalman Conversion Opportunities
(Jan. 9, 2020)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Beginning in 2020, the Navy’s Legalman (LN) community is expanding career opportunities for Sailors interested in cross-rating. Read more on


MyNavy HR Announces
MAP will Remain at 20% of Total Advancement Opportunity in 2020
(Jan. 9,

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Top-performing junior Sailors will continue to have the opportunity to be promoted to the next rank under the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP), as outlined in NAVADMIN 005/20. Read more on


Navy Reserve
Announces One-Stop Shop for Reserve Order Opportunities
(Jan. 28, 2020)

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) announces the release of ZipServe, a new application that allows Reservists to apply for all Reserve order opportunities. Read more on


Sailors Can Access
MyNavy Portal Without Common Access Card
(Feb. 3, 2020)

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — Sailors have been asking for it and today the Navy delivered! Sailors can now access MyNavy Portal (MNP) from their personal mobile devices using their mobile web browser without a CAC. Read more on


Navy Announces
Institution of Surface Warfare Officer Leather Jacket
(Jan. 9, 2020)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) qualified
officers can now stand bridge watches in a soon-to-be issued leather jacket per
NAVADMIN 004/20 released Jan. 9.

Masters-at-Arms: Protecting the Fleet

By Master Chief Master-at-Arms Melissa Old

It’s been a difficult few weeks for the U.S. Navy family. We have lost three young Sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola, another at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and two civilians at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The question has been asked: What is the Navy doing to protect our Sailors and Navy civilians? The answer is force protection.

Force protection (FPCON) entails the measures the Navy takes to protect Sailors and civilians, deter threats, and defend Navy installations and equipment. There are five FPCON levels every Sailor learns at boot camp. These dictate the posture as our security forces stand their watch and any additional measures put in place, from more watches to closure of a base. But the security of the U.S. Navy is not as simple as declaring an FPCON level.

The safety of Navy bases and personnel is our highest
priority, and there are extensive programs, detailed processes and procedures
to protect Sailors, civilian employees, family members, facilities and
equipment. This protection is accomplished through the planned and integrated
application of training, qualifications, law enforcement, anti-terrorism
activities, physical security, and operations security.

Master-At-Arms 2nd Class Nichole Lowery instructs Sailors during a sunrise yoga session on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as a part of Suicide Prevention Month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Liaghat/Released)

The professionals who execute Navy force protection are the masters-at-arms (MAs). An MA is a security specialist who performs antiterrorism, physical security and basic law enforcement duties. Each master-at-arms goes through various force protection training courses, from engaging ship-born threats to active-shooter scenarios. This extensive training and preparation gives our MAs (and other Navy security personnel) the knowledge to counter possible threats and neutralize them. MAs also train with base police and local police departments to ensure Sailors and law enforcement understand procedures so we can work together to quickly respond to any threat.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 14, 2012) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Nicholas Fessler, left, instructs Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Christy Nevarez how to perform a security pat-down during a non-combatant evacuation drill aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam D. Wainwright/Released)

Each year, senior leadership looks at all the training completed and revises the curriculum based on new information or situations that have come up throughout the year. Lessons learned become new procedures, which are then taught and practiced until they become second nature.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bowie, a mess deck master-at-arms, adjusts holiday decorations after a meal aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alora R. Blosch)

It’s too soon to know what changes may come from the events of the past few weeks, but  I can tell you this:

We are armed, qualified, and trained to provide security and safety for our people. As these threats evolve, we as a community will counter them. It is our mission to protect those who serve, and the U.S. Navy security forces have the watch.

What We Do Is Hard; It’s OK to Ask for Help

By Master Chief
Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith

Suicide is one of the most complex problems we face, one that has a tremendously detrimental effect on our Navy—and one that, as a self-inflicted casualty, is preventable. We’ve tragically lost Sailors, our teammates and friends, who felt that the only option they had left was a terrible one—one that ended their pain, and yet in doing so inflicted a heavy and interminable burden of confusion and sadness on those of us who remained behind.  

To paint suicide as a simple and straightforward issue would be a gross oversimplification; there are many, disparate reasons someone may make that decision for themselves. Short-term issues that seem insurmountable, or longer-term feelings of loneliness, not belonging or being wanted can make suicide seem like an attractive option. Chronic pain or a perceived hopelessness that makes fighting for a better tomorrow seem futile, perhaps seeking to unburden loved ones or escape from a painful situation. To the one suffering, it’s difficult to understand the actual impacts for those destined to live with a chasm in our hearts, in our units and in our lives—with unanswered questions and a long list of “what ifs.” That is equally difficult.     

So while there may not be one simple reason that we can pursue, we need to do something to change our culture and address this issue in a more substantive way. Feelings of depression and self-harm do not respect rank, and factors like financial health or a lofty leadership title does nothing to inoculate against the ache of loneliness or living in a state of desolation. Hopelessness can stalk anyone, whether they live in the heart of a major city, are stationed on a destroyer or serve in a remote or austere location. We cannot take for granted, based on anything other than a conversation and how we interact with each other, that someone is “ok”—despite appearing to have everything going for them—just as we cannot ignore someone who is clearly struggling with the circumstances of their life. Most of us will find ourselves at risk at some point in our lives, and it is in those moments when we need to connect that a connection must be made.

One common thread seems to be clear: Connecting to one another in meaningful ways works against feelings central to wanting to leave unexpectedly. Finding ways to check on each other—not like you’re fulfilling the day’s errands but in a truly authentic and meaningful way—is a great start. Embracing our shipmates as needed and beloved members of our Navy family: that is something you and I can do, or continue to do, in order to really make a difference. Talk to your Sailors, but also talk to your boss. The burden of leadership can often be a heavy one; it’s ok to ask your boss how she or he is doing, because we all should be genuinely concerned for the welfare of the team, senior and junior alike.  

Share your strength, and draw strength from your shipmates. Reinforce those concepts that our teams rely on as binding elements—trust, honesty, transparency and compassion—which will engender a sense of belonging that will combat the dangerous feelings of isolation. Our Sailors must be reminded, and must know through and through, that we don’t just care for each other; no, we rely on absolutely and need each other to face the rigors of combat, to survive and return home to our loved ones. 

We each swore an oath to face the many determined enemies of our American way of life, and they are indeed formidable. For the Sailor who may be in that place of loneliness, I tell you, shipmate, that I have been you—as many have been, whether they will admit it or not. I would implore you to consider how much your family and your friends need you, and just as importantly how much your shipmates need you in the days, weeks and years to come. 

War will continue to challenge us, and not everyone who sails into battle will survive; you may be the reason that a ship returns victorious, or a squadron returns stateside as a complete unit. You could be the reason a submarine was able to navigate home after conducting a harrowing mission that, as far as the rest of the world is concerned, was never there. You are needed, you are necessary, and I hope all of us can stand together to face whatever comes next. What we do is hard; it’s ok not to be ok, but it’s not ok not to ask for help. If you’re not in a great place, come to us and let us help you get back to a mindset where you can again take your place in the fight.

As your shipmates, we will be looking for you, but you don’t have to wait for us to discern that you are the one who must take a knee for a time. Help us, so we can help you, and then we will get after the enemy—together.

CNO Adm. Gilday: Small Steps Save Lives

By Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and while we should talk about this
subject year-round, it is important to me that we have a frank conversation about
this right now.

Suicide is
a tragedy that extends beyond individual Sailors. Every death by suicide —
whether it be uniformed Sailors, Navy Civilians, or families — affects our
entire Navy family, and it
is extremely troubling to me that suicide continues to be a
leading cause of death in our Navy. 

We all go through challenges and stressors
that can be difficult to talk about… But no one should feel so isolated or overwhelmed by
events that they consider suicide.

That is why it is important that we talk to
our shipmates … really talk to them.  Ask
them how they’re doing
and actively listen. Talking about our challenges, whether
they’re operational, social, or psychological, is one small act we can do every day to make all of us better. It fosters a climate of trust and encourages Sailors to ask for help
in their time of need. 

We must build that trust up and down the chain
of command to ensure Sailors feel comfortable reaching out to their leadership
and shipmates. 

Let me be clear. There cannot be BYSTANDERS in
our Navy. That is why it’s so important that WE ALL take the time to look for
potential warning signs. We need all hands on deck for this.

Right now, in your
division, your department or your command, there is someone that needs your
help, who is struggling with stress or having thoughts of suicide.

Sometimes the signs are verbal, like a Sailor
casually saying that they feel like they have no purpose or feel as though they
don’t belong. There may also be behavioral signs, like increased alcohol use or
other substance misuse, withdrawing from usual activities, or uncharacteristic
rage or anger. 

Look closely for these signs when your
shipmate is experiencing a combination of multiple stressors, including:

  • Relationship problems
  • Personal or professional loss
  • Recent career transitions
  • Disciplinary / legal issues and financial strain
  • The harmful effects of prolonged stress and chronic sleep deprivation

With many suicides, shipmates saw signs of
distress but weren’t able to recognize them as indicators of suicide risk. Trust
your gut and ACT (Ask,
Care, Treat). Use intrusive leadership, look your shipmates in the eyes, and ask,
“Are you okay?” 

I expect our leaders to build and support
Command Resilience Teams.
Along with suicide prevention coordinators, use your chaplains and embedded mental
health providers. I
want our leaders to set a tone within their commands where Sailors feel
comfortable and have the courage to ask for help without fear of judgement or
consequences. That way when Sailors do seek help, they do so confidently,
knowing they’ll receive the support and resources they need.

While we have strengthened our efforts through
initiatives like “Every
Sailor Every Day,” along with the Sailor Assistance and
Intercept for Life program, or SAIL, we have to sustain momentum beyond a
singular conversation, momentary action or the creation of a new policy.

Help is always available. Call the Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), Military Crisis Line or text 838255 for free confidential support 24/7.

Be there for every Sailor, every day.

NORFOLK (Sept. 13, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Paul Kopel and Peg Smith, health promotions staff members at the Branch Health Clinic (BHC) at Naval Station Norfolk, set up a display of 79 pairs of boots to remember the 79 Sailors who were lost to suicide in 2018 and to raise awareness for suicide prevention. “Have you seen the boots?” is an initiative to identify and remember Sailors lost to suicide and to identify what the Navy community is missing when it comes to this tragedy. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Imani N. Daniels/Released)


Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas Sept. 2 as a powerful Category 5 hurricane, with winds up to 185 mph and gusts about 220 mph. As reports show extreme devastation in the Bahamas, Dorian has been moving closer to Florida, potentially nearing Georgia and South Carolina. The storm has weakened since hitting the Bahamas but it’s still dangerous.

For the U.S. Navy, safety and security of personnel and families is the top priority. Navy installations, Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Operational Support Centers are getting prepared for the arrival of the storm. The Navy also has units in a “prepared to deploy” status should the Northern Command request support for response and relief efforts.

Follow this blog for frequent news updates, videos and images showing the latest efforts of the Navy to brace for Dorian. For more images, visit our feature gallery

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 4, 2019) A GOES 16 infrared satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean shows Hurricane Dorian at 1:00 a.m. EDT, Sept. 4, 2019, as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph moving northwest at 6 mph near Daytona Beach, Florida. Dorian is expected to maintain its current intensity through Thursday and move northward along the Florida coast toward Georgia and the Carolinas. (U.S. Navy photo via Naval Research Laboratory/Released)

BAHAMAS (Sept. 3, 2019) Overhead view of a row of damaged structures in the Bahamas from a Coast Guard Elizabeth City C-130 aircraft after Hurricane Dorian shifts north Sept. 3, 2019. Hurricane Dorian made landfall Saturday and intensified into Sunday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton.)

BAHAMAS (Sept. 3, 2019) Views of the Bahamas from a Coast Guard Elizabeth City C-130 aircraft after Hurricane Dorian shifts north Sept. 3, 2019. Hurricane Dorian made landfall Saturday and intensified into Sunday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton.)

MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2019) A line of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters evacuate from Naval Station Mayport as ordered by, Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic, after the setting of Sortie Condition Alpha ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecasted to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. (Official U.S. Navy photo/Released)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Sept. 1, 2019) Sailors secure U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters after arriving at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, from Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Sept. 1, 2019. The helicopters evacuated from the Jacksonville area in advance of Hurricane Dorian. In addition to the helicopters, Maxwell AFB is serving as an Incident Support Base for Federal Emergency Management Agency and Defense Logistics Agency personnel and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Billy Birchfield/Released)

MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) make preparations for Hurricane Dorian at Naval Station Mayport, Aug. 30, 2019. Iwo Jima is currently at homeport conducting a maintenance availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Larry Lockett Jr./Released)

MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) departs Naval Station Mayport as Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet orders all U.S. Navy ships homeported in the area to sortie ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic Ocean where they are best postured for storm avoidance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)

MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) heave in a line as Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet orders U.S. Navy ships homeported in the area to sortie on Aug. 30 ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic Ocean where they are best postured for storm avoidance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)

MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) gets underway from Naval Station Mayport as Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet orders all U.S. Navy ships homeported in the area to sortie ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic Ocean where they are best postured for storm avoidance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alana Langdon/Released)

MAYPORT, Fla (Aug 29, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) make preparations for Hurricane Dorian at Naval Station Mayport August 29, 2019. Iwo Jima is currently at her homeport conducting Chief of Naval Operations Maintenance Availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Travis Baley/Released)


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News Stories

2nd Fleet Ships, Aircraft Depart Dorian’s Path; Installations Continue Preparations

NORFOLK, Virginia (NNS) — Hampton Roads-based ships and aircraft are leaving the area today, as Hurricane Dorian is forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the Mid-Atlantic coast. Read more on

Navy Prepares for Hurricane Dorian in Hampton Roads

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet ordered all U.S. Navy ships and aircraft in the Hampton Roads area to be prepared to transit to safety within 24 hours, if necessary, as a precautionary measure due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian, thereby setting Sortie Condition Bravo. Read more on

Maxwell Opens for Hurricane Support

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama (NNS) — At the request of the Department of Homeland Security, through U.S. Northern Command, Maxwell Air Force Base opened Aug. 29 as an Incident Support Base in advance of Hurricane Dorian. Read more on

Hurricane Dorian: Evacuation of Military Personnel and their Families

NAS JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) — As Dorian progresses toward the Southeast United States, many Navy Sailors and civilians are wondering when they should evacuate. The simple answer is that the parent command must determine whether personnel and family members should evacuate. Read more on


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Helicopters Evacuate Naval Station Mayport Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2019) MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 as they prepare to depart Naval Station Mayport. Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic ordered aircraft at Naval Station Mayport to sortie ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Dorian is expected to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast.  


Ships Depart Naval Station Mayport, Florida Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) Footage of ships homeported at Naval Station Mayport undergoing preparations to sortie as Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet orders U.S. Navy ships homeported in the area to sortie Aug. 30 ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecasted to bring high winds and heavy rain to the East Coast. Ships are being directed to areas in the Atlantic where they are best postured for storm avoidance.


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