Mayport begins moving ships ahead of Hurricane Ian impacts

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mayport is in the process of relocating all ships and aircraft as Hurricane Ian approaches.

That process started Tuesday morning and the USS Minneapolis-St. Paul was one of the first to move.

It’s still not clear what impact Hurricane Ian might have at Naval Station Mayport, but officials are sending away some ships and aircraft just to be on the safe side.

Two littoral combat ships and two destroyers are set to head about 400 miles at sea due east and hundreds of sailors are going with them.

A captain at the base told News4JAX those ships are the most capable that are leaving the ones undergoing significant maintenance will stay behind.

Nearly 70 helicopters will begin moving to Alabama Tuesday and a few dozen more will be stored in hangars.

As for when those assets will be moved back to the Jacksonville area, it depends on the storm but they’re expected to be back by Monday.

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