natural disaster, and with winter coming soon, many people are without homes, without food."
Chase said his crew felt honored to help those impacted by the recent earthquake.
"The people of Pakistan are our friends," he said. "We're grateful for their friendship. We're grateful for their unwavering support of the war on terrorism. And we're happy to be able to help them by carrying large amounts of food and equipment from the French and the combined effort of several nations."
He also said his crew related on a very personal level to the Pakistani victims' suffering.
"As you know, we've had a series of natural disasters in our own country recently," Chase said.
"That is fresh in the minds of our crew and reminds us that any country can suffer a natural disaster (and) have people who are displaced or have people who are in danger."
In addition to assisting Pakistanis, Var and Cleveland are deployed to the region to support maritime security operations. Being in the area allowed both ships to respond quickly to the tragedy.