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DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable - HM-15 Pilots Discuss Pakistan Relief Efforts

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DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable with members of the U.S. Navy’s Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (HM-15) Detachment 2 who are supporting the Government of Pakistan by flying relief missions from the Ghazi Air Force Base in Pakistan. HM-15 pilots, who fly the MH-53E “Sea Dragon” will discuss their participation in the relief effort. The United States has responded immediately and generously to Pakistan’s call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that began July 29. To date, the U.S. has pledged to provide approximately $76 million in assistance to flood-affected populations in Pakistan. There currently are 22 U.S. military and civilian aircraft in Pakistan in support of flood relief operations. U.S. helicopters have evacuated more than 4600 people and delivered more than 500,000 pounds of relief supplies. In addition, U.S. military cargo aircraft based in Afghanistan have transported more than 194,000 pounds of international aid from the Pakistan Air Force’s Central Flood Relief Cell in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, to required locations throughout the country in support of Government of Pakistan airlift support requests.

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