POTI, Georgia — USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) pulled into port here today transporting humanitarian relief supplies in support of "Operation Assured Delivery." The delivery is part of the larger US response to the government of Georgia's request for humanitarian assistance after the conflict with Russian forces last month.
Mount Whitney will deliver more than 17 tons of aid, including 4,000 blankets donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), 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.
USS Mount Whitney has a hybrid crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and civilian mariners and is home ported in Gaeta, Italy.