U.S. Warship to Arrive in Poti
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 5 Sep.’08 / 12:19
USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), a flagship of the U.S. 6th Fleet, will arrive in the port of Poti on September 5 with humanitarian aid onboard, the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi said in a statement.
The command and control warship is expected to arrive in the port town – in the outskirts of which Russian forces maintain outposts – at 5 pm local time.
“USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) plans to deliver more than 17 tons of relief supplies, including 4,000 blankets donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), juice, powdered milk and hygiene products,” the U.S. embassy said.
This will be the third ship to have transported humanitarian aid to Georgia. Two previous ships – a U.S. navy guided missile destroyer, the USS McFaul, and a U.S. coast guard cutter, Dallas (WHEC 716) – dilivered aid in the port of Batumi last month.