General asks for U.S. warships in typhoon relief
A man carrying provisions walks through an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 12, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines.
November 12th, 2013
09:08 AM ET

General asks for U.S. warships in typhoon relief

By Barbara Starr

The Marine Corps general in charge of U.S. military aid efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan is asking the Pentagon to urgently send a number of amphibious warships to the Philippines.

Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy tells CNN he needs the Marine Corps amphibious ships specifically because they can carry a variety of small boats, trucks, equipment and supplies needed, as well as making potable water. "They are the Swiss army knife of the U.S. military," Kennedy told CNN in a telephone interview from the Philippines. Kennedy says he believes his request will be approved by the Pentagon in the coming hours. As many as four of the warships could be headed to the Philippines.

The amphibious ships can also carry helicopters and tracked vehicles known as "assault amphibious vehicles." These vehicles can carry supplies and move over and through piles of debris to distribution points where aid is needed most.

The U.S. military will take supplies to distribution points, but it will be then handed out by Philippines forces, Kennedy said. Local forces are in the best position to know community leaders and make sure those in the most need are getting the help, he added.

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  1. SharIam

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    May 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  2. General Nuisance

    WHY? I mean WHY? The US won't care for their own people yet they spend billions caring for people that hate US.

    Some of US would like some food! Or health care? Or jobs?

    Anyone going to send US a war ship?

    November 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  3. ladies first

    FIX AMERICA NOW

    November 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  4. Random

    It really is amazing how we rush to help every other nation when they get hit by a storm but our own gulf area is still trashed from katrina. We have a hard time authorizing aid to our own people when it hits the fan here. We sit and watch our infrastructure crumble as we build up places like iraq that end up effectively worse than before. Im all for helping others once you help your self.
    If we can't afford things due to politicians not doing their jobs, how can we afford this? We can shut the country down and lose billions and devestate peoples lives over nothing but then when someone else needs help we are all over it. Its like we chose to take all the budget cuts from ourselves while giving what is left to other countries.
    Atleast this one doesn't chant death to america while our own politicians try to pretend it doesnt happen. Atleast there is no good reason not to help these people. But still. Its gotta rub people still screwed from katrina the wrong way.

    November 13, 2013 at 2:54 am | Reply
    • Random

      Just noticed how huge this was. The death toll is approaching the trade centers eh? Perhaps that was slightly insensitive but I guess that is the point eh?
      Sorry for your loss

      November 13, 2013 at 3:23 am | Reply
    • Huh?

      Yes, those pesky Fillipino's make our lives a living hell here in America. We do it because it is the right thing to do, not because we are looking for any reward. That's how we should all treat one another.

      November 13, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
      • Good Samaritan

        Pesky or not, it is our moral obligation to help everyone. I agree that it is the right thing to do.

        November 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
  5. TheProphet

    And so it begins. Iraq 3.

    November 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply

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