Humanitarian Aid Reaches Lebanon


Story Number: NNS060809-11Release Date: 8/9/2006 4:17:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (NAC) Michael B. W. Watkins, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

BEIRUT, Lebanon (NNS) -- U.S. Navy High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) delivered more than 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 3.

More than $2 million of relief was donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and with the help of the Islamic Relief Organization (IRO), was immediately disbursed to approximately 20,000 needy Lebanese citizens.

Diana Sufian, an independent project coordinator, brought the IRO and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints together for the coordinated relief effort.

"We're true humanitarians," said Sufian. "We're reaching out feeding the children who are hungry."

Sufian expressed her gratitude for the U.S. Navy's support and interest in delivering the supplies.

"I want to put America's face on this," said Sufian. "I want the whole world to see that America cares, and see what these brave men and women in uniform are doing out here."

Swift's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Rob Morrison, was humbled by the experience and said he was grateful to be able to help.

"It's an honor to be a part of this," he said. "I have an outstanding crew, and I am very proud of them for the work they've done here in the last few days."

For related news, visit the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cusnc/.

 
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060804-N-6436W-198 Beirut, Lebanon (Aug. 4, 2006) - Chief Boatswain's Mate Ty Ehlers supervises forklift operations during offload operations in Beirut. More than 100 tons of humanitarian aid was delivered by the U.S. Navy's High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2), including more than $2 million worth of humanitarian aid donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. With the help of Islamic Relief Organization, the aid will be disbursed to approximately 20,000 Lebanese citizens. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael B.W. Watkins (RELEASED)
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