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NEWS | Sept. 12, 2018

JBLE relocates vessels, aircraft in advance of Florence

By 633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Joint Base Langley-Eustis evacuated vessels and aircraft in advance of Hurricane Florence, Sept. 11, 2018, to avoid possible impacts from the storm. 

The 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) relocated approximately six vessels from Fort Eustis’ Third Port to northern parts of the Chesapeake Bay. Roughly 100 personnel from the unit evacuated with the vessels to support them while in safe haven locations. 

U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and T-38 Talons relocated to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. About 100 personnel from the 1st and 192nd Fighter Wings will be on location at the base to provide support to the aircraft. 

Additionally, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters assigned to the 5th Battalion (General Support), 159th Aviation Regiment were secured in hangars at Felker Army Airfield. 

Downloadable media of JBLE’s preparation efforts is available below: 


VIDEOS: Vessels and Black Hawks - | F-22s and T-38s -

Hurricane Florence’s path poses a threat to JBLE’s coastline position, which is vulnerable to storm surges. Local residents are advised to actively monitor news and weather outlets to keep informed of announcements of local or state authorities. Additional JBLE guidelines and recommendations may be found on the JBLE website at

For JBLE’s current status, visit and follow the JBLE Twitter accounts @JBLENews and @JBLEStatus

For more information contact 633rd ABW Public Affairs at 878-4920. For media-related questions after regular operating hours, please contact the JBLE Command Post at 757-764-5411.