Friday, September 5, 2008

USS Mount Whitney Delivers Aid to Poti, Georgia

In this file photo, the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) arrives in Souda Bay for a routine port visit, August 28, 2008. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.)

News in Balance:

POTI, Georgia, Sept. 5, 2008 -- USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) pulled into port here today transporting humanitarian relief supplies in support of "Operation Assured Delivery."

The operation is part of the larger United States response to the government of Georgia request for humanitarian assistance.

Mount Whitney will deliver more than 17 tons of aid, including 4,000 blankets donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development, juice, powdered milk and hygiene products.

In the past few weeks, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas (WHEC 716) and USS McFaul (DDG 74) carried more than 115 tons of humanitarian supplies to the port in Bat'umi, Georgia, while U.S. Navy C-9, C-40 and C-130 aircraft flew 20 continuous missions airlifting 325 tons of humanitarian aid into Tbilisi.

Mount Whitney, homeported in Gaeta, Italy has a hybrid crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and civilian mariners.

(Story by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs.)

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