NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Hurricane season is less than a month away and the US Navy wants to make sure its fleet stays ready.
The US Fleet Forces Command has been preparing through its hurricane exercise.
Hurricane season is the busiest time of the year for those working at the Fleet Weather Center at Naval Station Norfolk, according to officials.
The center monitors weather and water from the Gulf Coast all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.
Meteorologists and oceanographers at the center pass along their information to ships and aircraft.
The training exercises allow them to practice getting that information.
“We work with the National Hurricane Center, translate what they put out into the world and our assets and explain how the track of the hurricane to our assets, said AG 2 Alyssa Naquin.
This will be Naquin’s first hurricane season helping as a forecaster, but she has worked in the center for two years.
She likes it because it’s fast-paced.
“I do. I do enjoy it,” she said.
Working fast-paced is something she and others inside the center get used to.
There are deadlines they must reach so sailors and ships stay safe.
“If we don’t do our jobs and get the sailors and decision makers the information they need, we’re talking about putting lives at stake,” said CD0 Dylan Kletter.
The hurricane exercise will end on May 11.