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NORFOLK (AP) -- Three Norfolk-based ships are now anchored off New York in case they're needed to help with storm response efforts, the Dept. of Defense said Friday.

The USS Wasp headed north on Tuesday. It was already out at sea to ride out the storm. Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., flew aboard USS Wasp on Thursday, Nov. 1, to prepare to provide assistance to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

On Wednesday, the USS San Antonio and USS Carter Hall were also told to get under way and head north. San Antonio got underway from Naval Station Norfolk after loading gear and supplies.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy's chief spokesman, wrote in a blog post Wednesday that the ships have not been officially been asked to provide support. That decision would be made by U.S. Northern Command in support of FEMA efforts.

Kirby wrote that the amphibious ships weremoved to reduce the amount of time it takes for the ships to get into position if they're needed.

AP-WF-10-31-12 2112GMT

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