Hurricane Irma made landfall in the U.S. state of Florida as a major hurricane, and was the most intense Atlantic hurricane observed in over a decade. The ninth named storm, fourth hurricane, and second major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Irma has caused widespread and catastrophic damage on its track across the Atlantic, most of which was caused in the northeastern Caribbean. It is also the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005.

Reserve Marines from units in Florida and Alabama supported FEMA, state, and local response efforts following Hurricane Irma’s land fall. 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, based in Mobile, Alabama, 4th Assault Amphibian Vehicle (AAV) Battalion, based in Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida and Combat Logistics Battalion-451, based in Orlando, Florida worked collaborative to provide support in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.


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MWSS-473 FARP operations in wake of Hurricane Irma
170914-M-HG783-234.JPG Photo By: Lance Cpl. Niles Lee

Sep 18, 2017
Marathon, Florida - Lance. Cpl. Sergio Hernandez, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 473, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, refuels a helicopter from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, at Marathon, Fla. Sept. 14, 2017. Marines with MWSS-473 established a forward arming and refueling point to provide support to federal, state and local agencies, to assist in their search and rescue operations in wake of Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Niles Lee/Released)


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