French military divers to aid Katrina clean-up

12th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 11 (AFP) - France's defense ministry said 17 mine-sweeping divers were leaving Sunday for the United States to help the state of Louisiana recover from Hurricane Katrina.

PARIS, Sept 11 (AFP) - France's defense ministry said 17 mine-sweeping divers were leaving Sunday for the United States to help the state of Louisiana recover from Hurricane Katrina.

The group, which will bring with it seven tonnes of equipment, will be primarily involved in work strengthening embankments, rehabilitating sea lanes and clearing port areas, a ministry statement said.

The divers come from the Naval Action Forces based in Toulon, Brest and Cherbourg.

The diving unit will "complete the aid provided by France", which has already sent several military planes to the help out the three storm-ravaged US southern states, the ministry said.

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