October 27, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-92
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CFLCC QUAKE AID CONTINUES AT PORT
ARIFJAN, Kuwait - A shipment of heavy construction equipment and medical supplies left Kuwait today as Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) continues its support of earthquake aid to Pakistan.
CFLCC identified cranes, fuel tankers, road graders, dump trucks and other heavy equipment from theater sustainment stocks available for use in Pakistan. The equipment was delivered to the Shu’aibah Port last week, loaded onto a contract liner and left Tuesday for Karachi. CFLCC also shipped four containers of medical supplies on the liner.
Col. Dennis Linton, Pakistan Earthquake Assistance Officer, said “we are going to provide them with support and assistance in their time of need.”
The seaborne contributions are in addition to approximately 200 pallets flown to Pakistan from Kuwait City International Airport using American C-17, C-130 and DC-10 aircraft. Value of the palletized tents, cots, blankets and packaged meals is approximately $4 million to date.
“We work 365 days a year addressing the difficulties of a fledging state (Iraq) as it attempts to put its arms around freedom. Then a natural disaster occurs in a neighboring country; we simply work harder in order to assist those people,” explained Maj. Gen. Frank Tutor.
In Karachi, the heavy equipment will be met by a U.S. Navy Seabee construction battalion to commence road repairs, clean up debris, remove fallen buildings and complete other projects in earthquake damaged areas.
For more information contact Coalition Forces Land Component Command Public Affairs Office at 965-389-6280.