Navy Sends Equipment To Help With Gulf Oil Spill

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100428-5682D-000The Navy is sending equipment to help clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and Navy bases are being used as staging areas for the operation.

And that’s just probably the beginning of a larger Pentagon effort to deal with the environmental disaster.

Navy spokesman Lt. Myers Vasquez said Thursday that 66,000 feet of inflatable boom and seven skimming systems are on their way to the Navy base in Gulfport, Miss. The help is being provided under an existing pollution cleanup agreement between the Navy and Coast Guard.

The Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida will be used as a staging area for equipment used by Coast Guard contractors.

The White House has asked the Defense Department to be ready for additional requests.