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Pascagoula Ships Sortie to Evade Tropical Storm Arlene

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050610-14
Release Date: 6/10/2005 7:24:00 PM

By Journalist 1st Class Kimberly deJong, Naval Station Pascagoula Public Affairs

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) and USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) got underway from Naval Station Pascagoula, Miss., June 10 in order to evade approaching Tropical Storm Arlene. USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29), currently operating in the Gulf of Mexico, will maneuver to safely avoid the storm.

The decision to sortie Thomas S. Gates and John L. Hall from Pascagoula is based on concerns for the safety of Sailors and preservation of the ships and associated equipment.

“In addition to protecting the ships from dangerous weather, sorties enable shore infrastructure to take protective measures to be ready for the ships’ return,” said Cmdr. Bob Benjamin Jr., Naval Station Pascagoula commanding officer. "We want to make sure we have all services available when needed."

Navy vessels can remain safe at sea by maneuvering the ship to avoid storms altogether. Additionally, having ships underway ensures they are ready to respond to any national tasking, if required.

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