The carrier group is due to arrive on Thursday or Friday.
The amphibious ships are uniquely suited for disaster relief efforts. The vessels that are on their way are the following:
- USS Denver, an amphibious transport dock ship
- Germantown, amphibious warfare ships designed to transport and launch landing craft.
All of them have landing decks that can serve helicopters as well as medical facilities and the capability to produce desalinated water.
243 US Marines are now on the ground in hard-hit Tacloban in Leyte to carry out an initial assessment of humanitarian needs.