Exclusive: U.S. aircraft carrier to support Philippines relief efforts

WASHINGTON Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:09pm EST

A tugboat approaches the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier George Washington docked after its arrival at a Manila bay October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A tugboat approaches the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier George Washington docked after its arrival at a Manila bay October 24, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will send the USS George Washington aircraft carrier to support relief efforts in the Philippines, as the U.S. military ramps assistance after a devastating typhoon killed an estimated 10,000 people, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Monday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, could not immediately provide further details.

The aircraft carrier has been on a port visit to Hong Kong.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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