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U.S. Pacific Command Supports Nepal Recovery Efforts

201502 | May 7, 2015


RELEASE # 201502 May 7, 2015

U.S. Pacific Command Supports Nepal Recovery Efforts
Yokota AB, Tokyo Japan –

U.S. Pacific Command's Joint Task Force 505 has been activated to support the Government of Nepal by conducting joint humanitarian disaster relief operations to limit further loss of life and human suffering in response to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25. The task force is working closely with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other U.S. agencies to provide rapid, timely assistance to the people of Nepal.

Task Force Force 505 includes U.S. military aircraft from the III Marine Expeditionary Force on Okinawa, including MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and UH-1 helicopters. These aircraft will provide vital airlift capability and enable aid to reach remote areas inaccessible by traditional aircraft. In addition, four U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft departed Yokota Air Base in Japan, carrying personnel and relief supplies for the recovery effort.

"I want to express my most sincere condolences to the families over the tragic loss of life during the earthquake. We really are fortunate to be able to help during the relief effort. We actually had a C-130 on the ground during the quake and so we were able to support the relief efforts immediately," said Air Force Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella, commander of United States Forces, Japan. "We have Ospreys, we have C-130Js from the Marine Corps, we have C-17s from Air Force assets from throughout the world responding, and we have C-130s from Yokota both en route and on alert here and in Okinawa."

Task Force 505 is commanded by U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Wissler, III Marine Expeditionary Force commander on Okinawa. Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy, commander of the III Marine Expeditionary Brigade, also based on Okinawa, is leading a Joint Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team to help coordinate humanitarian requests by the Government of Nepal with U.S. efforts.

“We stand with Nepal during this very difficult time, and are ready to assist the government here in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to those who so desperately need it,” Kennedy said. “Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragic event.”

Task Force 505 is supporting disaster relief operations with a U.S. Air Force Contingency Response Group, U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopters, MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, and KC-130J aircraft, Air Force C-17 and C-130 aircraft, as well as various ground and aviation command and control capabilities.

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