First Navy Humanitarian Relief Aircraft Arrives in Georgia


Story Number: NNS080819-08Release Date: 8/19/2008 9:05:00 AM
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By Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker, U.S. European Command Public Affairs

TBILISI, Georgia (NNS) -- A U.S. Navy C-9 jet carrying humanitarian assistance arrived Tbilisi Aug. 18 marking the Navy's first humanitarian assistance mission to the region.

This flight is part of ongoing large-scale humanitarian relief operations to assist the estimated 118,000 displaced persons as a result of armed conflicts between Georgian and Russian forces last week.

Logistical support for humanitarian efforts is coordinated with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. European Command.

According to Navy officials, the Navy stands ready to assist, as required, to save lives and alleviate human suffering during this humanitarian crisis.

"This is the beginning of an ongoing Navy airlift that will initially deliver approximately seven tons of humanitarian aid," said Navy Lt. Pat Foughty.

The cargo included 2,256 personal hygiene kits, supplied by USAID, to be provided to displaced persons in Georgia following the armed conflict last week.

Each hygiene kit includes five disposable razors, five toothbrushes, five toothpaste tubes, one comb, one bar of hand soap, two bars of deodorant soap, two tissue paper packs and two sanitary napkins.

For more news from U.S. European Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/eucom/.

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080814-N-1056B-102 TBILISI, Georgia (Aug. 14, 2008) Crew members prepare to unload a pallet of humanitarian supplies from a C-17 Globemaster III in Georgia. The pallet contains cots, blankets and medical supplies. Sixteen pallets of humanitarian supplies were delivered in the wake of conflict over the past week. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker (Released)
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