With only a few days warning, Navy Lt. Commander Aidan Carrigg was forced to leave his pregnant wife and two children back home in Florida.
Stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville as part of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW)-11, Carrigg flew one of 8 P-8 Poseidons, westward to Texas to escape the clutches of Hurricane Matthew, which is now a Category 4 hurricane churning toward Florida’s east coast.
The P-8 Poseidon, a modified version of the Boeing 737-8000ERX, is used for reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare. Now parked at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, the planes and their crews must wait for the hurricane to leave the Southeastern U.S.
“I’m not so much worried about our home — more so about my pregnant wife and two small children,” Carrigg said.