NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- After the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, local navy crews deployed to Texas, Florida and the Caribbean to help.

The first ship to respond to Florida following Irma was the USS Abraham Lincoln. The aircraft carrier rushed to Florida last Friday, to be in a position do the most good after Irma had done its damage.

Their job was to go to area of the Florida Keys, and be ready to provide any needed assistance.

While there, embarked helicopters aboard the Lincoln flew water and other supplies to Naval Air station Key
West, Marathon, Port Everglades, Homestead Air Reserve base and the USS Iwo Jima for further distribution.

Air crews also provided search and rescue and medical evacuation support.

It was an especially meaningful mission for the Lincoln sailors who actually come from Florida and call it home.

"It was actually pretty rewarding to be one of the people that are going to be able to help the hometown or potentially or a anyone else that were to need assistance," said IT2 Mark Miller. "Anytime you can go in and be a first responder assisting anyone in need, it makes you feel like you're really making a difference."