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Twelve ships from the US Navy's Military Sealift Command will support the United States' relief effort for victims of the tsunami that devastated South Asia on December 26.

The squadron also has 43 Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Units, each of which is capable of producing 600 gallons of potable water per hour from sea water. Five of the ships are also capable of making 25,000 gallons of fresh water a day using the ships' evaporators. The ships can pump water from ship to shore from up to two miles away using an Amphibious Bulk Liquid Transfer System of floating hoses.

Two MSC fleet replenishment oilers have been diverted to provide fuel to US Navy ships in the tsunami relief area. Additionally, two other supply ships are underway providing fuel and other supplies to Navy ships in the area and to activities ashore as needed.

Lastly, two MSC oceanographic ships have been ordered into the affected area to conduct hydrographic surveys of the ocean bottom where the 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred.
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Title Annotation:GOVERNMENT NEWS
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Date:Feb 1, 2005
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