SINGAPORE (Oct. 16, 2011) Contractors lift the brow from USS George Washington (CVN 73) prior to the ship getting underway from Changi Naval Base in Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob D. Moore)

SINGAPORE - The George Washington Carrier Strike Group departed early from a port visit in Singapore Oct. 16 to be better postured to provide humanitarian aid if needed in the wake of the worst flooding in many years in Thailand.

The Unites States extends its sincere condolences to those in Thailand and the surrounding areas affected by these significant floods.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Dewey (DDG 105), USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS Wayne E Meyer (DDG 108) and additionally, USS Kidd (DDG 100) has been instructed to join USS George Washington, Dewey and Wayne E. Meyer to provide assistance.

The U.S. Navy has extensive experience, unique capabilities, and a long history with providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response to those in need.