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Pentagon readies aircraft carrier to assist Turkey earthquake rescue efforts

US European Command has begun pre-positioning supplies at Incirlik Air Base to support Turkey's efforts.
A French Navy Rafale jet lands the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier on May 11, 2018 in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Pentagon has ordered a US aircraft carrier operating in the Mediterranean Sea to prepare to support earthquake rescue efforts in Turkey should the government in Ankara request it.

“US European Command right now is prepositioning some assets to include medical supplies, water, relief supplies," Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters on Wednesday.

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