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USS Duluth arrives in Sri Lanka
[TamilNet, Monday, 10 January 2005, 22:59 GMT]
The United States Ship Duluth arrived off the coast of Galle
on Sunday evening, carrying equipment and personnel to aid
in the U.S. government's humanitarian relief operations in
the tsunami-affected areas of the island.
Bonhomme Richards, a wasp class battleship with more relief assist hardware and supported by up to 1000 U.S marines, which was to be sent to Sri Lanka, was later diverted to Sumatra where it was determined that more help was required.
The Duluth, whose home port is San Diego, California,
belongs to the Amphibious Transport Dock class of ships,
designed to transport landing forces for a variety of
missions, including humanitarian aid. The Duluth is
carrying three CH-46E Sea Knight Helicopters, engineering
and earthmoving equipment and over one hundred Marine
personnel. The ship is also carrying a landing craft
capable of carrying 180 tons of equipment, which will be
used in supporting the aid mission.
The Duluth will lay off the coast of Galle for approximately
one week before continuing on its course.
ship, the Duluth is 173.4 meters long, and was commissioned
on December 18, 1966. The Duluth is part of the Navy's
Expeditionary Strike Group-Five.
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