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USS Cowpens, Several Other Ships Deployed To Philippines

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The United States is sending several ships, including the USS Cowpens, to the Philippines to assist with relief efforts after Typhoon Haiyan struck the country.Photo: US Navy The United States is sending several ships, including the USS Cowpens, to the Philippines to assist with relief efforts after Typhoon Haiyan struck the country.Photo: US Navy
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The United States is sending several ships, including the USS Cowpens, to the Philippines to assist with relief efforts after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country and killed thousands of people.

Reuters reports that United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel had ordered the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS George Washington, along with cruisers; the USS Cowpens, USS Antitam and USS Mustin deploy for the Philippines to bolster the relief efforts. The ships are expected to arrive within 48-to-72 hours, as some crews were recalled early from shore leave.

Haiyan struck the country last Friday causing extreme damage and a death toll, which is believed to be over 10,000 in the town of Tacloban alone, that is expected to rise. U.S. and Philippines cargo planes arrived in Tacloban on Monday and U.S. forces were already on the ground.

The supply ship USNS Charles Drew and destroyer USS Lassen will also assist in the relief efforts.

The USS Cowpens was commissioned in March 1991 as a guided military cruiser. It is the namesake of the USS Cowpens, which was also known as "The Mighty Moo," an Independent-class aircraft carrier that was commissioned in May 1943 during World War II and was taken out of active service in December 1946.

The town of Cowpens annually holds The Mighty Moo Festival in honor of the sailors who served and are currently serving aboard the ships. 

Reuters also contributed to this story

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