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U.S. Navy in the Pacific Responds to Tsunami Warning

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Responding to the Tsunami warning issued in the wake of the Feb. 27 earthquake in Chile, the U.S. Navy has sortied six ships and moved one from Naval Station Pearl Harbor as well as one ship from Naval Station San Diego as a precautionary measure.

USS Crommelin (FFG 37), USS Chafee (DDG 60), USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) and USS O'Kane (DDG 77), USNS Yukon (T-AO 202), Sea Commando (SEAL support vessel) sortied from Naval Station Pearl Harbor. USS Port Royal (CG 73) is in a maintenance availability and cannot get underway. Therefore, it was moved to deeper water inside the harbor.

In addition, U.S. 3rd Fleet took appropriate precautionary measures and advised able San Diego ships to get underway and to take station in the Southern California operating area. USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) will join USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), USS Dubuque (LPD-8), USS Peleliu (LHA-5), and USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7), which are already at sea.

Families are encouraged to call Fleet and Family Support Center in Hawaii at (808) 474-1999 or check Commander Navy Region Hawaii Facebook page to be kept appraised of latest updates. Updates also available on the U.S. Navy Facebook page.

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