USS Mount Whitney Brings Aid to Georgia
American Forces Press Service
POTI, Georgia, Sept. 5, 2008 USS Mount Whitney pulled into port here today, transporting humanitarian relief supplies in support of "Operation Assured Delivery."
The delivery is part of the larger U.S. response to the Georgian government’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, juice, powdered milk and hygiene products.
In the past few weeks, USS McFaul and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas carried more than 115 tons of humanitarian supplies to the port in Batumi, Georgia, while U.S. Navy C-9, C-40 and C-130 aircraft flew 20 continuous missions airlifting 325 tons of humanitarian aid into the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.
USS Mount Whitney has a hybrid crew of U.S. Navy sailors and civilian mariners, and is home-ported in Gaeta, Italy.
(From a U.S. 6th Fleet news release).