Additional US helicopters arrive to reinforce flood relief operation

Two additional U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters and a U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter arrived in Pakistan on Friday as part of the continued U.S. humanitarian assistance to Pakistan in support of flood relief from the monsoon floods.

The three aircraft are part of the contingent of 19 helicopters urgently ordered to Pakistan on Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

The incoming aircraft flew into Pakistan on Friday from aboard the USS Peleliu, which is positioned in international waters in the Arabian Sea. They will join the two other CH-53E helicopters which arrived on Thursday at Ghazi Air Base, bringing to five the total number of aircraft in Pakistan from the USS Peleliu, a US Embassy press release issued here on Friday said.

The remaining aircraft will arrive over the next few days and will include two more U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters and 12 U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters.

The U.S. helicopters will operate in partnership with the Pakistan military throughout the country’s flood-affected areas.