Navy to move ships out of storm's path

NORFOLK, VA - DECEMBER 20: Tug boats guide the USS Truman into its berth upon arriving on December 20, 2010 in Norfolk, Virginia. The air craft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) with nearly 7000 sailors returned to its home port after a seven month deployment supporting the war in Afghanistan in the 5th Fleet Area of responsibility conducting maritime security.
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WASHINGTON The U.S. military will be moving ships from the Norfolk Naval Station region in Virginia out to sea to get out of the path of Hurricane Sandy.

The Navy says 24 of the larger ships in southeastern Virginia bases, including the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, are preparing to leave and will be moving out over the next day or so. The orders affect ships at Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in the Hamption Roads area.

Other ships will be secured at the base. Military installations along the Eastern Seaboard, including Andrews Air Force Base and Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut were also prepared to move ships and aircraft if needed.