Monday, March 31, 2003

One other, minor, mention of the relief effort in Saturday's Times: "Odd Vessel Serving Allies as Truck Stop That Floats," on page B4, is about the "HSV-X1 Joint Venture, a 315-foot-long, aluminum-hull catamaran that has been modified to carry gunboats, amphibious landing craft, helicopters and marine platoons, [and] has become a seaborne forward operating base for Navy special operations forces, which are helping to clear southern Iraqi waterways of Iraqi ships and mines."

"The work of these small-boat units and commandos was critical to securing the port so that a British cargo ship, the Sir Galahad, could begin bringing food, water and medicine for Iraqi civilians into Umm Qasr's container port."