U.S. Military aircraft land in Jamaica

Five United States military aircraft arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday, October 5, for refueling, en route to Haiti.

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The vessels included two Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, one Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, one heavy-lift Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter, and one Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport airplane.

The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is coordinating humanitarian relief to Haiti, which has been hard hit by Hurricane Matthew.
Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, commander for Joint Task Force Matthew, said his team is moving quickly to ease the suffering in Haiti. He also mentioned that France and the Netherlands will assist the U.S. in the relief effort.

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U.S. Embassy Kingston’s Charge d’Affaires Eric Khant praised the Jamaican authorities for facilitating their request to use the international airport for this well-needed and urgent support.

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