Coast Guard Cutter Dallas to Deliver Aid to War Torn Georgia

WASHINGTON – The Coast Guard Cutter Dallas and US Navy destroyer USS McFaul will be used to transport humanitarian aid to Georgia according to a CNN report.

The two ships were chosen because prior to the start of the war they had received permission from Turkey to transit into the Black Sea. All war ships from a non-Black Sea nation must receive permission from Turkey before entering the Black Sea.

Both the Dallas and McFaul were previously scheduled to have a series of exercises with several Black Sea nation navies.

Navy officials told CNN that the USS McFaul is headed to the Black Sea from a port in Crete where it was loaded with humanitarian supplies. The cutter Dallas is currently in port in Crete and is scheduled to depart for the Black Sea in a few days.

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