30 Aug '17, 3am

Singapore assists Hurricane #Harvey relief efforts with Chinook helicopters

Singapore’s Defence Ministry said as many as four of its military helicopters would start assisting in Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts Wednesday. The CH-47 Chinook helicopters are stationed in Grand Prairie, Texas, as part of a decades-long partnership between the Republic of Singapore Air Force and Texas National Guard. Singaporean airmen who train there learn how to face large-scale emergencies. The ministry said the helicopters would be able to airlift troops, evacuees and supplies in the relief effort. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made the offer in a call with US President Donald Trump late Tuesday. Both leaders are set to meet at the White House in October. Singapore made a similar offer after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The offer came after Trump visited Texas earlier Tuesday to survey damage from the first major natural disaster to test his leadership in a cri...

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