Sunday, October 1, 2023

Watch: Navy Ships Leave Port Ahead of Hurricane Hilary

One by one, San Diego-based warships left the bay Saturday ahead of heavy wind and rain conditions expected in the wake of Hurricane Hilary.

It’s called a sortie, and the U.S. Navy orders them to mitigate potential damage to its vessels during major storm events.

If video doesn’t play, watch it here.

“In order to ensure the safety of our Sailors and ships, we are taking all necessary measures to mitigate potential damage to infrastructure and Third Fleet vessels caused by the storm,” said Vice Adm. Michael Boyle, commander, U.S. Third Fleet, in a statement. “Safety remains our top priority, and putting all capable ships to sea makes it easier for us to manage the situation ashore.”

Ships and submarines that cannot go underway, often because they are in the middle of maintenance phases, take extra precautions to avoid damage. Aircraft are secured in hangars.

Navy personnel and their families in San Diego are urged to review the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System for hurricane readiness checklists, and families needing assistance can contact their command’s ombudsman or Family Readiness Group.

Megan Kitt
Megan Kitt
Megan's work as a journalist has taken her around the world, from across the United States to Tokyo and Kampala, but her passion lies in community reporting. She believes a quality news publication strengthens a community by informing and connecting its members. She holds BA degrees in journalism, English literature and creative writing; an MA degree in creative writing; and her photography has been published internationally. While on a reporting assignment in Uganda, she founded Tuli, a fair trade fashion brand that earned her industry acclaim, most notably by earning her the title Designer to Watch at New York Fashion Week in 2022. Megan's diverse experience in travel and career taught her to approach reporting eager to understand the many experiences and perspectives that make life so interesting. When she's not working, you can find Megan wrangling her two toddlers, hiking with her husband, and binging podcasts.Have a story for The Coronado Times to cover? Send news tips or story ideas to: [email protected]