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RI National Guard to help with relief efforts in Bahamas

September 5, 2019

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Members of the Rhode Island National Guard will be heading to the Bahamas to help with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

State officials say the National Guard will mobilize three C-130J cargo aircraft that will depart from the Quonset Air National Guard Base on Friday.

Maj. Gen. Christopher Callahan says the Rhode Island National Guard has had a special connection with the Bahamas, through a training partnership with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force that began in 2005.

Dorian devastated parts of the Bahamas, where the government’s official death toll stands at 20 and is certain to climb. Thousands of people whose homes were destroyed are seeking help.

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