STUTTGART-VAIHINGEN, Germany - Headquarters, European Command has dubbed the military logistical support to humanitarian assistance efforts in Georgia "Operation Assured Delivery."
After the conflict between Georgian and Russian forces, thousands of Georgians are displaced from their homes and in need of medical supplies, shelter, food and personal hygiene items.
In a U.S. State Department led effort, the U.S. military has been delivering aid to Georgia since Aug. 13 creating sustainment air-bridge of critically needed relief supplies into Tbilisi by U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules aircraft.
The U.S. Navy joined in the humanitarian efforts by delivering hygiene kits, water and food with C-9 Skytrain with C-40 Clipper Aircraft.
USS McFaul (DDG 74) departed Souda Bay, Crete Aug 20 and arrived today with 155,000 pounds of humanitarian aid supplies. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas (WHEC 716) left port today with another 76,000 pounds of supplies.
To date, the U.S. military has flown 46 missions to Tblisi, totaling 767 Short Tons, or 1,534,000 pounds, of humanitarian aid supplies.