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September 6, 2006

HSV-2 speeds post-Katrina relief supplies

U.S. Navy High Speed Vessel (HSV-2) Swift is now playing a part in post-Katrina relief efforts. U.S. Navy photograph

In this U.S. Navy photo by Gary Nichols, sailors and civilian workers are seen here unloading supplies from the Australian-built catamaran at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla.

Swift transited from Ingleside, Texas to NAS Pensacola at least fifty percent quicker than a conventional ship.

The vessel carried 85 pallets of water plus hygiene kits, food, helicopter maintenance equipment and personnel.

More than 9,000 gallons of water was purchased for relief efforts by the U.S. Navy, the remaining water was donated by citizens of Ingleside, Texas.

In a message to the ship's builders, Incat, CDR Mark Sakaguchi, the Swift's Commanding Officer says: "We are currently serving as a high speed connector and have provided the local Commander with high speed lift between Ingleside, Texas and the Mississippi Delta. We are now engaged in shuttling cargo from Pensacola, Florida to the large supply ships (they cannot access the port) for distro to the rest of the naval task force in the area."

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