Islamabad: Three additional US Marine
helicopters arrived in Pakistan on Friday as part of American
humanitarian assistance and flood relief operations in the
inundated regions of the country.
Two US Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters
and a US Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter arrived today, the
US embassy said.
The three aircraft are part of the contingent of 19
helicopters urgently ordered to Pakistan on Wednesday by US
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
The incoming aircraft flew into Pakistan 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 yesterday at Ghazi Air Base, bringing to five the
total number of aircraft in Pakistan from the USS Peleliu.
The remaining aircraft will arrive over the next few
days and will include two more US Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon
helicopters and 12 US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight
The US helicopters will operate in partnership with
the Pakistan military throughout the country`s flood-affected
Since August 5, the six helicopters have rescued more
than 3,089 people and transported more than 322,340 lbs of
emergency relief supplies in spite of bad weather.