NORFOLK, Va. - The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21) have arrived in Norfolk to pick up supplies and equipment for hurricane relief.
News 3 first reported the Navy's hurricane relief plans on Tuesday.
The Norfolk-based amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 1) both left on August 31 to respond in support of Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Texas.
After the ships left, the threat of Hurricane Irma intensified and both ships remained underway, but also ready to respond in support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the Caribbean. On September 7, the ships headed for the Virgin Islands along with the USS Wasp.
The USS Iwo Jima and USS New York were sent from Naval Station Mayport to pick up supplies and equipment in Norfolk before heading out.
The Florida-based ships do not yet have any official tasking but will remain ready to respond wherever they are needed.