NewsUSA Ship Sets Sail from Virginia to Assist in Building Gaza Port

USA Ship Sets Sail from Virginia to Assist in Building Gaza Port

American Ship Departing to Support Humanitarian Aid Mission in Gaza

On March⁤ 21, an American vessel set sail from⁢ Virginia to ⁤aid⁤ in the construction⁤ of a temporary pier in Gaza to facilitate the delivery of ‌humanitarian assistance. ⁢The MV Roy P.​ Benavidez​ embarked from Newport News, Va., carrying essential equipment and supplies ​for the U.S. Army’s initiative in the region. The materials⁤ will be​ unloaded by the Army’s ⁢7th⁣ Transportation Brigade,‌ which will be ‌responsible for ⁢constructing the temporary ⁢pier along the Mediterranean coast.

This effort, known as Joint Logistics-Over-the-Shore (JLOTS), is a crucial ⁣capability that enables the distribution of ⁤cargo from ‌ship to shore‍ in the absence of a ‍functional⁢ pier. Lt. Gen. John ⁤Sullivan, deputy commander of the U.S.⁣ Transportation⁤ Command,‍ highlighted the significance ⁢of ⁤JLOTS in providing support to areas where access to humanitarian aid is limited.

The MV Roy P. Benavidez, ⁣a former U.S. Navy Bob Hope-class roll-on, roll-off⁢ cargo vessel, is now part of the U.S. Department of Transportation⁣ Maritime Administration’s Ready ​Reserve‍ Fleet. The ship will assist four Army vessels from ⁣the 7th Transportation Brigade, which have been deployed to support the mission ⁣in ⁣Gaza.

According to ⁣Pentagon press secretary Air Force Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, ‌the construction of ⁣the temporary pier is⁣ expected to be completed within ​60 days of President Joe ‍Biden’s announcement ⁢during his State of the Union address. President Biden has also emphasized the importance of Israel’s cooperation in allowing humanitarian aid‍ into Gaza and ensuring the safety of ⁤aid workers in the region.

In ​response to‍ the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the United States ​has been ⁢conducting aid airdrops into Palestine. Since March‌ 2, ‍U.S. Central Command ‌has delivered over ‍204,000⁣ meals, 48,000 bottles of water, and more than 5,000 pounds of food ⁤items ‍to⁢ the affected population.

As the situation in Gaza remains critical, President Biden ⁤faces mounting‍ pressure from within his own party to address⁢ the crisis and distance himself from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The international community continues to ⁢monitor the developments in Gaza closely, with ⁢efforts⁤ underway ⁢to mitigate the suffering⁣ of the population⁣ in the‌ region.

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