Pacific edition, Wednesday, November 28, 2007
SASEBO NAVAL BASE,
The Navy had planned to send Essex to help in the wake of Cyclone Sidr, which left at least 3,243 people dead and about 1,180 missing after it struck
Instead, the USS Tarawa is headed to the area and will provide disaster relief, the Navy said.
Essex’s visit to
The ship’s roughly 2,500 sailors and Marines also are scheduled to participate in community relations projects and professional military exchanges, the Navy said.
“Essex sailors are honored to have the opportunity to visit the Kingdom of Cambodia as part of the broadening and deepening relations between our navies and our two governments,” Capt. Brian T. Donegan, Essex’s commanding officer, said in the release.