US Navy sends USS Nimitz aircraft carrier to Guam for typhoon relief operations

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The US Navy sent the U.S.S. Nimitz aircraft carrier to Guam on May 24, 2023 to assist in the aftermath of a Category 4 super typhoon.

The super typhoon, officially named Mawar, traveled past the US Pacific territory of Guam on May 24, 2023. 

Various pieces of footage of the super typhoon’s landfall in Guam have been uploaded to social media. Mawar lashed the island with wind and rain, tearing down trees, walls and power lines, flipping cars and pushing a dangerous storm surge ashore.

At the same time, the command moved Navy ships out to sea and sent military aircraft off the island or stored them in hangars.  

Ahead of the typhoon, the US Indo-Pacific Command also ordered the evacuation of defense personnel and their families from areas expected to be hit. 

An estimated 6,800 US service members are assigned to Guam, a hub for US forces in the Pacific. 

A photo of the USS Nimitz in Guam back in 2020:

The super typhoon has left Guam and is now making its way to Taiwan and the Philippines.

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