U.S. ship arrives in Pakistan to aid in relief effort
The amphibious landing dock ship USS Pearl Harbor, carrying 130 tons of relief goods for victims of the Oct. 8 earthquake, arrived Monday in the Karachi, Pakistan, port.
It ferried supplies such as blankets, mattresses, heaters, food, water, clothes and shoes, according to a U.S. 5th Fleet press release. The fleet is based in Bahrain.
U.S. sailors from the Pearl Harbor, the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin, Task Force 53, and volunteers from the United Arab Emirates’ Red Crescent Society, sorted the relief items before placing them on pallets and loading the supplies onto the ship.
The 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
Monday’s visit was the Pearl Harbor’s second humanitarian relief mission to Pakistan in the last week. On Oct. 18, the ship delivered heavy construction equipment to Karachi and was the first U.S. Navy ship to participate in the relief effort, the release states.