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U.S. Aircraft Carrier Spotted Off The Coast Of The Rockaways As Part Of Federal Response To Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- An aircraft carrier was spotted 3 miles off the coast of the Rockaways on Thursday afternoon.

Chopper 2 saw the military vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, a part of the federal response to superstorm Sandy.

It is a hopeful sight for folks in Queens, who were among some of the hardest hit residents during the storm.

The presence of the naval ship means the helicopters circling our area to survey the damage and provide relief are self-sufficient. They will not have to visit nearby airports for fuel as they supply troops and manpower to the devastated residents in the Rockaways and the Tri-State area.

The carrier is loaded with helicopters and is standing by to help folks evacuate if they have to.

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