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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1345-07
November 23, 2007

Department of Defense to Provide Humanitarian Assistance to Bangladesh

            In support of the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Relief, and in cooperation with the humanitarian community and Bangladesh government, U.S. Pacific Command is providing additional humanitarian assistance to reduce further loss of life and mitigate human suffering resulting from Tropical Cyclone Sidr that recently swept through Bangladesh causing massive flooding and infrastructure damage.
 
            U.S. Pacific Command is providing transportation assistance, to include heavy lift helicopter support. U.S. Navy and Marine Corps helicopters from the USS Kearsarge and the USS Tarawa will assist with the transportation of relief supplies, equipment and personnel.
 
            Earlier this week, U.S. Pacific Command sent a humanitarian assistance survey team to Bangladesh to assess support requirements with the Bangladesh military. Additionally, a Department of Defense medical team from U.S. Pacific Command that was conducting military to military medical training in Bangladesh remains to assist with relief efforts if needed.
 
            For additional information, please contact Marine Forces Pacific Public Affairs at (808) 477-1808 or email marforpac.cat.pao.fct@usmc.mil .

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