Navy ships in Hampton Roads head out to sea to avoid Dorian

A visitor to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story’s Enlisted Beach enjoys the calm before the storm, watching as ship after ship of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet departs Hampton Roads ahead of approaching Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Navy photo by Spencer R. Layne/Released)
A visitor to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story’s Enlisted Beach enjoys the calm before the storm, watching as ship after ship of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet departs Hampton Roads ahead of approaching Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Navy photo by Spencer R. Layne/Released)

The Navy has ordered its Hampton Roads-based ships to head out to sea to avoid Hurricane Dorian.

Navy spokeswoman Elizabeth Baker told The Associated Press Wednesday that vessels docked at the world’s largest Navy base in Norfolk and other nearby installations are getting under way.

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis said in a statement Tuesday the ships will remain at sea until the threat from the storm subsides.

Navy aircraft will either be secured in hangars or fly to more inland airfields.

The Navy’s order follows a similar one made by the Air Force earlier Tuesday.

F-22 Raptor fighter jets and T-38 Talon training planes were ordered to leave Langley Air Force Base in Hampton. They’re going to the Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base outside Columbus, Ohio.

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