American naval vessels depart from Virginia for Gaza aid

The U.S. military is deploying vessels to the Eastern Mediterranean to construct a supply pier for delivering crucial aid to Gaza’s civilian population, announced Air Force Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon Press Secretary, today.

These naval operations aim to introduce a roll-on, roll-off system facilitating direct humanitarian support from ship to shore. Maj. Gen. Ryder anticipates the pier’s full operational status within the next 60 days, enabling the provision of approximately 2 million meals daily to Gaza.

This maritime effort is part of a broader strategy to ensure the flow of essential resources to Gaza, including air-dropped food and supplies by the United States and efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development to secure land access for needed goods.

In coordination with the Royal Jordanian air force, U.S. Central Command executed an additional air drop of more than 5,280 pounds of food, such as rice, flour, pasta, and canned goods, into northern Gaza today, utilizing Air Force C-130 aircraft. This operation marks the eighth air drop to the region, with C-130s delivering over 204,000 meals, 48,000 bottles of water, and more than 5,000 pounds of food items thus far, Ryder detailed.–Web Desk