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CENTCOMNEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

October 25, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-88


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MORE HELICOPTERS ENROUTE TO PAKISTAN

Disaster Assistance Center Pakistan – The United States is sending more helicopters to Pakistan to assist in delivery of humanitarian aid supplies and casualty evacuations in the remote areas of the earthquake ravaged region.

Six additional U.S. Army CH-47 Chinooks will be added over the next three days to the 12 U.S. military helicopters already in the region supporting Pakistani led relief efforts. The additional helicopters join five U.S. Army Chinooks, three U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawks, two U.S. Navy MH-53 Sea Stallions, and two U.S. Navy MH-60 Knighthawks that have been supporting relief operations here since Oct. 11.

The additional helicopters will join the others ferrying relief supplies from the Chaklala Air Base near Islamabad to the remote mountainous region in northeast Pakistan and evacuating casualties from there. To date U.S. helicopters have delivered approximately 1.8 million pounds of relief aid to the isolated region and evacuated more than 2,500 casualties.

For more information contact Major Jeff Sammons at the Disaster Assistance Center, Public Affairs Operations Cell 0300-501-2622.


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