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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 318-95
June 08, 1995

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE STATEMENT ON RESCUED PILOT

The Secretary of Defense, William J. Perry, issued the following statement early this morning from Brussels, Belgium:

"As announced earlier by Admiral Leighton Smith, the AFSOUTH Commander, last night at approximately two o'clock in the morning [8 p.m. EDT, June 7], we were able to establish voice contact with Captain Scott F. O'Grady, the pilot of the downed F-16.

"After a positive identification and establishment of his exact location, Admiral Smith ordered a rescue operation consisting of CH-53 Sea Stallion and AH-1 Cobra helicopters off the USS Kearsarge and fixed wing fighter and support aircraft. Captain O'Grady is now safely on board the USS Kearsarge.

"I would like to express my deep thanks to all who participated in this successful rescue operation and my happiness and relief to Captain O'Grady's parents who just a few minutes ago were notified by President Clinton."

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