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A Navy C-40 Clipper cargo plane, brought to Europe from the States specifically to fly humanitarian aid to Georgia, begins flying cots into the besieged country from Norway on Tuesday, a Navy official said.

The cargo plane flew 26,344 USAID-supplied hygiene kits from northern Italy to Tbilisi in a week. When done with that mission, the crew shifted focus to Germany, flying 33,000 pounds of Meals, Ready to Eat from Ramstein Air Base on Sunday and Monday, said Cmdr. Scott Miller, a spokesman for Naval Forces Europe/6th Fleet.

On Tuesday, the Naval Reserve crew from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 59 (VR-59), based in Fort Worth, Texas, will move north to Norway, where it will load the plane with cots bound for Georgia, Miller said.

The airlift is one half of the Navy’s participation in the larger mission to deliver humanitarian supplies to Georgia.

On Sunday, the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul arrived in Georgia carrying pallets of baby food, diapers, hygiene items, milk, paper plates, toilet paper, plastic tableware and bottled water aid.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas now is sailing toward Georgia with additional supplies, and will be followed by the amphibious command and control ship USS Mount Whitney by month’s end, Miller said.


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