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Military flies power trucks, crews to states hard-hit by Sandy

By Larry Shaughnessy and Jennifer Rizzo
updated 6:02 PM EDT, Thu November 1, 2012
Friends and members of the Puglia family sift through the remains of their missing home for valuables on November 6, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy hit Staten Island, New York. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/29/us/gallery/ny-braces-sandy/index.html'>View photos of New York preparing for Sandy.</a> Friends and members of the Puglia family sift through the remains of their missing home for valuables on November 6, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy hit Staten Island, New York. View photos of New York preparing for Sandy.
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(CNN) -- Military cargo jets flew power trucks and crews from California to New York on Thursday to assist with Superstorm Sandy recovery in hard-hit states.

The move by the Air Force came as three U.S. Navy ships neared the coast of New York and New Jersey where they would be ready to help, if asked by those state governments.

The steps compliment thousands of National Guard troops activated throughout the mid-Atlantic to deal with flooding, massive power outages and debris cleanup from the deadly storm that swept through the region on Monday.

Superstorm Sandy's victims

Sixty-nine vehicles belonging to Southern California Edison were flown from the West Coast to New York's Stewart Air National Guard Base on five C-5 Galaxys and 12 C-17 Globemaster jets.

Those areas have already been getting help from power companies closer to New York, but the cargo flights meant the trucks could get to the heart of the region in a matter of hours.

The USS Wasp was due to arrive offshore Thursday and the USS San Antonio and the USS Carter Hall were to be in position on Friday.

According to the Navy there has been no official request for assistance from the amphibious landing ships that can launch helicopters, make fresh water and haul critical supplies and other aid.

They will also be available for refueling and command and control of defense department helicopters that are flown on missions.

Three other ships are available to be used as shelters for first responders, if necessary.

The military is also:

- Deploying generators and fuel to impacted areas as well as 120 high-flow water pumps to New York and New Jersey.

- The U.S. Transportation Command also brought 120 medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, into the hard hit areas to care for at-risk nursing home residents and other at-risk elderly.

- The Defense Logistics Agency started to deliver 1.5 million meals to New York and sought to get another 1.3 million to 2.8 million meals per day ready, depending on emergency needs.

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