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USS Sampson Supports Disaster Relief Efforts in Tonga with International Forces
220123-N-CD319-0104.JPG Photo By: Petty Officer 3rd Class Tristan

PACIFIC OCEAN - An MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter assigned to the "Scorpions" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49 prepares for take-off from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) as the ship is positioned to conduct lifesaving actions in support of disaster relief efforts in Tonga. The Australian Government response is being coordinated closely with France and New Zealand under the FRANZ partnership; alongside Fiji, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States, to assist Tonga in its time of need. Sampson is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.


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