As a precautionary measure, U.S. Navy ships home ported at Naval Station Mayport are getting underway in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.
The following ships headed to sea Sept. 6: USS Shamal (PC 13), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USCG Tahoma (WPG 80).
USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), USS Farragut (DDG 99) and USS Lassen (DDG 82) were scheduled to depart Sept. 7.
USS Hue City (CG 66), USS Tornado (PC 14) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) will be moved to a safe haven location and made ready for heavy weather.
USS Detroit (LCS 7) and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) will both remain in port and will be heavy weather moored.
The decision to sortie is based on concerns for the safety of Sailors and preservation of the ships and associated equipment.
Navy vessels can remain safe at sea by maneuvering to avoid storms altogether. Additionally, having ships underway ensures they are ready to respond to any national tasking if required.