"The secretary was very pleased with his visit today aboard the carrier Liaoning," said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.
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Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement that Hagel had informed the Egyptian defense minister that the helicopters would be sent to help combat a growing terrorist threat in the Sinai.
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