Pakistan – Officials Detail Latest U.S. Support for Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2010 – U.S. officials in Islamabad, Pakistan, have provided updated facts and figures for the support the United States is providing to the flood-stricken country:

— Four more Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters arrived yesterday, bringing to 15 the total number of U.S. military helicopters in Pakistan.

— Navy and Marine Corps helicopters at Ghazi Air Base continued relief operations yesterday in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, while Air Force C-130 cargo aircraft based in Afghanistan transported international aid from the Pakistani air force’s central flood relief cell at Chaklala Air Force Base to Sukkur, Pakistan.

— U.S. military helicopters supporting relief operations in Pakistan transported 106,468 pounds of relief supplies and rescued 616 people yesterday.

— Three U.S. military C-130 aircraft transported 60,000 pounds of food and relief supplies from Rawalpindi to Sukkur yesterday in support of airlift requests by the Pakistani government.

— Through yesterday U.S. military helicopter crews had rescued 4,594 people and transported 558,508 pounds of relief supplies since Aug. 5.

— U.S. military C-130s transported 194,000 pounds of supplies Aug. 16-18.

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

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