Operation Damayan 7th Fleet Update
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Here is the Nov. 20 Seventh Fleet update for Operation Damayan.
USS Ashland and USS Germantown arrived this morning and are in vicinity of Tacloban.
We continue to see encouraging signs that ground routes are opening significantly for delivery by trucks instead of helicopters. Ground transportation is much more efficient and can transport a greater load of supplies over the long term. Over the first few days during our initial emergency response a vast majority of transport was carried via helicopter, while now we see almost 90 percent of relief supplies going by truck.
We are concentrating a majority of our remaining efforts in Samar/Guiuan, which continues to be the hub for supply transport. We are flying a number of missions to transport Republic of Philippine police, military and emergency personnel but a majority of supplies are now being carried by truck.
South of Tacloban in the Leyte Gulf/Tacloban area we are focusing about 35 percent of our efforts. In Ormoc Bay we have seen almost all roads back open and supplies being carried by truck. Helicopter transport has not been needed to a great extent there.
USS Freedom (LCS 1) is enroute to deliver supplies to support Operation Damayan. She has one helicopter onboard.
All support the U.S. Navy provides is part of the broader U.S. Government effort to support the Philippines’ request for humanitarian assistance.
Dock Landing Ship (LSD) Ship Facts:
USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) and USS ASHLAND (LSD 48)
Transportation / Engineering
Water and MREs