Norfolk Based Aircraft Assisting with Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
Story Number: NNS050901-12
Release Date: 9/1/2005 12:33:00 PM
From Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet is assisting with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by sending Norfolk, Va.,-based aircraft from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40, and four helicopter squadrons Aug. 31 to support command and control, search and rescue, and logistics missions in the aftermath of the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Three MH-60S “Sea Knight” helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 and one from HSC-28; two MH-53E “Sea Dragons” from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14; and two SH-3 “Sea Kings” from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 2 deployed from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Aug. 31 and embarked the Amphibious Assault Ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), already en route to assist with relief efforts.
Three E-2C “Hawkeyes” from VAW-126 departed Norfolk, Va., Aug. 31 to provide aerial command and control platforms to assist with management of the numerous aircraft supporting relief efforts. They will be temporarily based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
Two C-2A “Greyhounds” from VRC-40 will be supporting relief efforts by flying logistic support missions between their home base in Norfolk, Va., and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
Two MH-60S “Sea Knights” from Norfolk based HSC-28 previously embarked on USS Bataan and currently in the Gulf of Mexico have also been assisting with relief efforts since Aug. 30.
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