ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, (WVEC) -- Hurricane Irma relief efforts are fully underway in the Caribbean, as locally-based sailors and Marines are assisting evacuations and providing supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The USS Wasp and the USS Kearsarge are among the units to respond to the U.S. territory that was battered last week when Irma was a Category 5 hurricane. Irma wiped out about 70 percent of the islands' infrastructure.
The Wasp was on its way from Norfolk to its new homeport in Japan when it was redirected to help with hurricane relief efforts. The Kearsarge had already responded to relief efforts in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey when it went out to the Virgin Islands.
The USS Oak Hill, USNS William McLean, and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are also assisting in Caribbean hurricane relief efforts.