U.S. Navy sends USS George Washington to help Yolanda-ravaged areas in the Philippines

posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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The U.S. Navy has sent USS George Washington (CVN-73),a supercarrier navy ship, to the Philippines for a typhoon disaster relief.

Together with four escort ships, the aircraft carrier was moored in Hong Kong for a port visit before its deployment in the Philippines. Two destroyers and two cruisers will escort the navy ship scheduled to arrive on November 13, 2013, Wednesday night.

Yolanda has claimed lives in different cities and towns in the Philippines including Tacloban City which is technically in ground zero. Affected areas have been swarmed with survivors in need of food, water, shelter and medical aids.

USS George Washington is an American nuclear-powered supercarrier that can accommodate approximately “80 aircraft and has a flight deck of 4.5 acres in size.”

Commander William Marks, spokesperson for the U.S. 7th fleet, says they carry 21 helicopters, medical facilities, and a desalination system that can amazingly convert seawater into drinking water.

The helicopters will serve as a logistics mechanism where they can get things in and out of the typhoon-ravaged place.

|”So, we can provide a lot of treatment both there on the carrier and on land, In addition, we have the ability to make water. And, that’s one of the things that’s most critically needed, usually, is water,” Marks said.

Earlier this week, FGP Corp. tapped the help of  the , carrying a 150-ton transformer  used to restore the flow of electricity in Luzon. The aircraft arrived Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

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