WATCH: Florida Military Bases Move Warships, Aircraft Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

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Navy's Fourth Fleet declared 'Sortie Condition Alpha'

WATCH: The Navy has ordered dozens of warships and aircraft to evacuate two bases in northeast Florida ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Dorian. (Fox News Video)

(FOX NEWS) – The Navy has ordered dozens of warships and aircraft to evacuate two bases in northeast Florida ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Dorian.

The Navy’s Fourth Fleet declared “Sortie Condition Alpha” for ships homeported at Mayport Naval Station at the mouth of the St. Johns River east of Jacksonville.

“Sortie Condition Alpha” means units must prepare to dispatch or deploy because destructive weather is expected within 24 hours.

Six ships — the destroyers Lassen, Paul Ignatius and Farragut; the littoral combat ships Billings and Milwaukee; and the patrol craft Shamal — have been directed to head out to sea to ride out the storm.

Eight other ships, including the amphibious assault vessel Iwo Jima, will remain in port.

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