NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An aircraft carrier was spotted 3 miles off the coast of the Rockaways on Thursday afternoon.

Chopper 2 saw the military vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, a part of the federal response to superstorm Sandy.

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It is a hopeful sight for folks in Queens, who were among some of the hardest hit residents during the storm.

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The presence of the naval ship means the helicopters circling our area to survey the damage and provide relief are self-sufficient. They will not have to visit nearby airports for fuel as they supply troops and manpower to the devastated residents in the Rockaways and the Tri-State area.

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The carrier is loaded with helicopters and is standing by to help folks evacuate if they have to.