Naval Aviation responds to Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Katrina smashed into the United States' Gulf Coast on 29 August 2005, devastating parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Military response to the massive natural disaster included Navy and Naval Aviation assets from across the country, which again demonstrated their inherent capabilities and flexibility to support a civil crisis.
On the afternoon of the storm, NAS (1) See network access server.
(2) (Network Attached Storage) A specialized file server that connects to the network. A NAS device contains a slimmed-down operating system and a file system and processes only I/O requests by supporting the popular JRB New Orleans' emergency management team quickly moved into action to clear the runways and repair the control tower. Within four hours, flight operations began when the first Coast Guard HH-65 landed at the JRB to start relief operations. The Coast Guard had also prepositioned rescue helos to Shreveport, La., and other aviation assets in staging areas near the threatened area in advance of the storm. By 5 September, the Coast Guard had 43 helicopters and 8 fixed wing aircraft conducting operations in the region.
Other area Navy stations became critical to relief efforts. NAS Pensacola, Fla., was the base for over 30 Navy and Marine aircraft involved in the operation. NAS Meridian, Miss., served as a major distribution center for supply trucks being sent to the Gulf Coast with water, MREs, ice, and other vital supplies. The air station also received and housed over 1,000 evacuees Resident or transient persons who have been ordered or authorized to move by competent authorities, and whose movement and accommodation are planned, organized and controlled by such authorities. .
Bataan (LHD 5) was already operating in the region as the storm approached. She steamed westward to embark four MH-53s from HM-15 based at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas Corpus Christi is a coastal city and the county seat of Nueces CountyGR6 in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the region known as South Texas. , which joined two MH-60s from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 already on board. Late in the afternoon of 30 August these helos began search and rescue operations in the vicinity of New Orleans.
The Navy soon sent assets from the Norfolk, Va., area, including three amphibious ships: Iwo Jima (LHD 7), Shreveport (LSD LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide (lī'sûr`jĭk, dī'ĕth`ələmĭd, dī'ĕthəlăm`ĭd), alkaloid synthesized from lysergic acid, which is found in the fungus ergot ( 46), and Tortuga (LSD 46). On 4 September, Iwo Jima moored pierside in downtown New Orleans In New Orleans, Louisiana, "downtown" refers to areas along the Mississippi River down-river (roughly east) from Canal Street, including the French Quarter, Treme, Faubourg Marigny, the Bywater, the 9th Ward, and other neighborhoods. and became a hub for military and civilian helicopter activity in the heart of the city. The amphib became the HQ for Joint Task Force Katrina Joint Task Force Katrina was a joint operation between the United States Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency created on August 31, 2005 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi to organize relief efforts along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. led by Army Lt. Gen Russell Honore.
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The demand for aircraft, particularly helicopters, led to the deployment of aircraft from across the services and the country. Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light (HSL) 43, HSL-47, and HSL-49, and HSC-21 arrived from NAS North Island, Calif., with their MH-60 Seahawks. Three Marine squadrons from MCAS McCune-Albright syndrome (MCAS)
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The readiness of Naval Aviation assets, both active and reserve, to respond to a disaster of this magnitude is reflected in the accompanying images. Naval Aviation assets continue to provide vital assistance to the areas of the Gulf Coast ravaged rav·age
v. rav·aged, rav·ag·ing, rav·ages
1. To bring heavy destruction on; devastate: A tornado ravaged the town.
2. by Hurricane Katrina and also by Hurricane Rita, which made landfall in the region on 24 September.
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