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Pacific Command Sends Guided Missile Destroyer to Support New Zealand Earthquake Recovery Efforts

missile guided destroyerThe U.S. Pacific Command has deployed a guided missile destroyer to New Zealand to support recovery efforts after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit the country, DoD News reported Tuesday.

Jim Garamone writes U.S. Navy Adm. Harry Harris, Pacom commander, told the Defense One Summit that USS Sampson carries two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters.

USS Sampson will also represent the Navy at the New Zealand International Naval Review in Auckland which marks the 75th founding anniversary of New Zealand’s navy, Garamone reported.

The Navy has also sent P-3C Orion maritime reconnaissance aircraft to New Zealand, the report stated.

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