NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Navy says four ships are ready to assist with Hurricane Irma relief.
The U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Command said in a statement Friday that Adm. Phil Davidson ordered the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, the transport dock ship USS New York and the assault ship USS Iwo Jima to be in position to provide humanitarian relief if requested.
The statement says the destroyer USS Farragut is already "conducting local operations" and has been ordered to join the group.
The ships are capable of providing medical support, maritime security, logistical support and other tasks.
Irma rolled past the Dominican Republic and Haiti and battered the Turks and Caicos Islands early Friday. The hurricane's core should hit Florida early Sunday morning.