Facing the floods affecting the population of Rio Grande do Sul, the Brazilian Navy carried out yesterday, on Monday the 27th, the transfer of 15 tons of donations from the Nuclear aircraft carrier ‘George Washington’ (CVN 73) to the Multipurpose Ship (NAM) ‘Atlântico’ (A 140).

In particular, the transfer of aid consisted of VERTREP (Vertical Replenishment) maneuvers from the USS George Washington to the NAM Atlântico using helicopters from the US Navy and the Brazilian Navy. To carry out the operation, both ships sailed in Brazilian waters about 500 meters apart to reduce transfer time.

The operation, aimed at accelerating the transfer of donations to flood victims, marking a milestone in the 200 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. It is worth noting that the presence of the USS George Washington occurs within the framework of the Southern Seas 2024 exercise, during which the aircraft carrier and its escort conduct exercises with the navies of friendly countries.

Once the maneuver is completed, the NAM Atlântico will moor again in Rio Grande do Sul to unload all the material and send it to Civil Defense. It is worth mentioning that the Brazilian Navy has been carrying out Operation ‘Taquari 2’ since April 30, which has so far involved the deployment of more than 2,000 military personnel, 11 helicopters, 9 ships, 73 boats, and 215 vehicles to provide assistance to the population of Rio Grande do Sul, as well as transporting more than 400 tons of donations and 130,000 liters of bottled water.

USS George Washington next to the NAM Atlântico

Days ago, the Brazilian Navy conducted maneuvers alongside the United States Navy (US Navy) off the coast of Brazil, in which, in addition to the USS George Washington, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and the US Coast Guard cutter James (WMSL 754) participated, along with the Brazilian frigates Niteroi class Independência (F44) and União (F45), and naval units from both nations.

*Image Credits: Brazilian Navy

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