Second U.S. ship delivers aid to Georgia
BAT'UMI, Republic of Georgia — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas (WHEC 716) pulled into port here today delivering humanitarian relief supplies as part of Operation Assured Delivery, the United States military's ongoing effort to support the Georgian government's request for humanitarian assistance.
Dallas will offload 80 pallets with more than 76,000 lbs. of humanitarian assistance supplies. The goods include hygiene items, food, milk and juices. Bat'umi port currently provides an established distribution hub to quickly dispense the aid.
"The crew of Dallas really wants these goods to make a difference in the lives of the Georgian people," said Coast Guard Capt. Robert Wagner, commanding officer of Dallas. "When we received the order to deliver these supplies, the men and women of this ship responded quickly at every turn."
USS McFaul (DDG 74) arrived in Bat'umi Sunday delivering 155,000 pounds of aid to Georgia. USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) is scheduled to deploy for Georgia at the end of the month with more supplies. U.S. Navy C-9, C-40 and C-130 aircraft have flown tens of thousands of hygiene kits and more than 30 tons of Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) into the country over the past week.
Dallas, a 378-foot endurance cutter based out of Charleston, S.C., is on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Sixth Fleet area of responsibility. Previously, Dallas participated in Africa Partnership Station, an initiative to build partnerships and improve maritime safety and security in West and Central Africa.