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Pentagon: US to send aircraft carrier, Navy ships to Philippines

Pentagon- US to send aircraft carrier, Navy ships to Philippines

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George Washington aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to head to the Philippines, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

The aircraft carrier, which holds 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, is currently in Hong Kong for a port visit. The crew is being recalled early from shore leave and the ship is expected to be underway later Monday evening.

The U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said nearly 620,000 people were displaced and 9.5 million “affected” across the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the country, according to the NBC News report.

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