Copters, ships, sailors bring relief to quake victims
The Navy sent two helicopters and a cargo ship to Pakistan last weekend to help deliver supplies to the devastated region.
About 25 sailors and two MH-60 Seahawk helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron-26 left Bahrain to deliver medical supplies, water and tents to earthquake victims, according to a 5th Fleet news release.
“We will be providing flight relief, support, water, food and shelter to distant portions of Pakistan [and] flying to different points most affected by the earthquake,” Lt. Cmdr. Todd Vandegrift, HSC-26 officer in charge, said in the statement.
The Navy also is sending the San Diego-based dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor, which is in the Persian Gulf on a routine deployment, to ferry 13 pieces of heavy equipment to Pakistan, a release stated.
Sailors from two Seabee battalions — Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-74, from Gulfport, Miss., and NMCB-3, from Port Hueneme, Calif. — loaded dump trucks, front-end loaders, backhoes, cargo trucks, a road grader, a forklift and a generator onto the ship, according to a release from Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
“This mission is unique in that two battalions are working together on the same project,” Senior Chief Petty Officer Tim Bray, of NMCB-3, stated. “That actually doesn’t happen very often.”