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Navy readies ships if needed for storm response

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 5:55pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. - The Navy is sending three of its Virginia-based ships toward the northeast in case they're needed to help with storm response efforts.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy's chief spokesman, wrote in a blog post Wednesday that the ships have not been officially been asked to provide support. That decision would be made by U.S. Northern Command in support of FEMA efforts.

Kirby wrote that the amphibious ships are being moved to reduce the amount of time it takes for the ships to get into position if they're needed. The USS Wasp headed north on Tuesday. It was already out at sea to ride out the storm.

On Wednesday, the USS San Antonio and USS Carter Hall were also told to get under way and head north.


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