French-led NATO team gathers aid for US

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PARIS, Sept 15 (AFP) - Aircraft belonging to the NATO Response Force (NRF) on Thursday began flying tonnes of aid to Germany for transport to the storm-stricken US state of Louisiana, the French defence ministry said.

PARIS, Sept 15 (AFP) - Aircraft belonging to the NATO Response Force (NRF) on Thursday began flying tonnes of aid to Germany for transport to the storm-stricken US state of Louisiana, the French defence ministry said.

Two C-160 cargo planes from the transatlantic rapid reaction unit flew three rotations between the Norwegian capital Oslo and the major US base of Ramstein in Germany to position 74 tonnes of aid for transport to the southern US state, the French military command said.

France has been in charge of the NRF air force contingent since July.

The NRF contribution follows a flight Monday by a NATO-chartered Boeing 707 from Prague to the United States which carried tents, camp beds and blankets for the tens of thousands of people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina.

The flights "showed the continuity of the spirit of solidarity which has taken hold in Europe" to help the United States, one of NATO's leading members, French officials said in a statement.

The NRF 5 air contingent consists of 16 aircraft, six of which are French transport planes.

Independently of NATO, France also sent two flights to the US on September 6 which carried an emergency evaluation team, tents, tarpaulins and food rations, and on September 11 a French Navy C135 plane flew to Louisiana with 16 military divers and a medic and seven tonnes of equipment on board.

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