YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Here is today's update for Operation Damayan from U.S. 7th Fleet:
Current ships on station are the USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) with two helos and an Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) kit, USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) with water making capability and mechanical/electrical repair and diving capabilities, USS Bowditch (T-AGS 62), USS Lassen (DDG 82) and USNS Yukon (T-AO 202).
Two P-3 aircraft continue to survey the affected area to assist Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. planners with their response. We expect a third P-3 to arrive today.
USS George Washington (CVN 73) and her strike group are now arriving and expected to be on station this evening.
USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) is expected to arrive the morning of Nov. 15. Byrd has two helos and an HA/DR kit.
The USS Ashland (LSD 48) is underway from Sasebo, Japan. They will pick up supplies and Marines in Okinawa in approximately 24 hours before heading to the Philippines.
The USS Germantown (LSD 42) expects to get underway at 1300I today from Sasebo, Japan. They will pick up supplies and Marines in Okinawa in approximately 24 hours before heading to the Philippines.
Note* HA/DR Kits are comprised of items that would be needed immediately in times of disaster and could not wait for normal logistical support channels to fill requirements. Support assumptions are 2500 survivors with 500 casualties for 3 days duration. Kits include items such as include items such as water purification kits, blankets, insect/sun repellent and medical supplies.