Operation Assured Delivery was the United States Armed Forces' logistical support to humanitarian aid efforts in Georgia following the 2008 South Ossetia war. The operation provided medical supplies, shelter, food and personal hygiene items for the civilian population of Georgia.
Deployment of U.S. Forces
U.S. Air Force
As of August 27, 2008, the U.S. Air Force had flown 55 airlift sorties delivering 1,944,000 pounds of supplies.
As of August 27, 2008, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS McFaul had delivered 155,000 pounds of supplies to the port of Batumi. In addition, the command ship USS Mount Whitney arrived in the Georgian main port of Poti on September 5 with additional supplies.
U.S. Coast Guard
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused the States of using Operation Assured Delivery as a cover for delivering military support to Georgia. Media reports have suggested that USS McFaul docked in the Georgian controlled port of Batumi, rather than the primary Georgian port of Poti to avoid possible confrontation with Russian troops still in Poti. However, USS Mount Whitney docked in Poti. Russian authorities have been concerned of the ship's arrival, claiming that it can't bring much humanitarian aid, but instead bring significant U.S. surveillance capabilities to the area.
- Georgia-NATO relations
- Angelika Lantz. "Operation Assured Delivery ends". http://www.eucom.mil/english/FullStory.asp?art=1826. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
- Specialist 2nd Class Dana M. Clark. "U.S. military humanitarian efforts dubbed 'Operation Assured Delivery'". http://www.eucom.mil/english/FullStory.asp?art=1804. Retrieved August 23, 2008.
- Specialist 2nd Class Dana M. Clark. "U.S. military delivers over two-million pounds of aid". http://www.eucom.mil/english/FullStory.asp?art=1811. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
- "US aid ship avoids Russian troops". BBC News. August 27, 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7583801.stm. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
- http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gDNLWfQWKrQc48pITBUg9KT_6oVwD930LU280[dead link]
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