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

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2002, file photo, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington sails in the Persian Gulf. The Pentagon is eyeing plans to eliminate danger pay for service members in as many as 18 countries and five waterways around the world, saving about $120 million each year while taking a bite out of troops’ salaries, according to defense officials. Defense officials said the proposal would strip the stipend _ which can be up to $225 per month _ from as many as 56,000 service members, including thousands stationed in Kuwait, which was a key hub during the Iraq war. It also would affect thousands of sailors who routinely travel through the Persian Gulf region on ships or airmen who fly over the Gulf. (AP Photo)

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)