Naval Air Station Jacksonville is preparing for potential weather impacts as Tropical Storm Isaias nears the Florida coast.
“In advance of the possible severe weather from Tropical Storm Isaias approaching the Jacksonville, Florida area, the NAS Jax commanding officer is minimizing command operations and the footprint on base tomorrow, Aug. 3 to minimum personnel only.” NAS Jax said in a statement.
Fleet Readiness Center Southeast employees are said to be “mission essential” only on Monday.
What will be closed?
All of its outpatient clinics/services (including pharmacies, lab, radiology, COVID-19 testing tent) and the Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville will be closed on Monday and all face-to-face appointments or surgeries will be rescheduled. (Navy Care virtual visits will be available at https://Navy.Care)
What will be open?
- The Navy Exchange will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The gas station will remain open.
- The Commissary will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
NAS Jax evacuate aircraft ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias
In addition, the 31 P-8A Poseidon aircraft and the five P-3C Orion aircraft from NAS Jax were authorized to evacuate on Sunday to pre-determined safety locations ahead of the storm.
“The remaining aircraft assigned to Commander, Patrol & Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11 and Patrol Squadron 30 will remain safely in their respective squadron hangars, which are rated for a Category 2 hurricane,” NAS Jax told Action News Jax in a statement.
The aircrafts will evacuate to either NAS Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, or Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
“Based on the current track of the storm, we made the decision to evacuate our P-8A and P-3C aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville,” Rear Adm. John Meier, COMNAVAIRLANT said.