US gives 30 helicopters to Pak Army

November 14th, 2007 - 2:42 am ICT by admin  
US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson handed the helicopters over to Defence Secretary Kamran Rasool.

Rasool thanked the US Government, and said that the induction of these helicopters into the army would significantly enhance their operational capabilities.

Speaking at the formalising ceremony of the final acceptance and transfer of 25 Bell-412 helicopters to the army at Qasim Airbase, Patterson said that the induction of these helicopters would strengthen Pakistan Army’s efforts to fight extremism and bring peace and stability to the region.

“This event demonstrates the continued commitment of the US to cooperation with Pakistan,” Patterson said.

“Our military assistance programme are for the long term. They are the foundation for cooperation and engagement, and a way to strengthen our bonds as partners and allies,” the Daily Times quoted Patterson, as saying.

“Today we celebrate the beginning of Phase-II. The Pakistan Army now takes ownership of these helicopters,” a senior American diplomat said.

“The US will continue to provide support and training as Pakistan establishes a helicopter force capable of enhancing combat operations, providing security, and engaging in medical evacuations and humanitarian relief throughout the region,” the official added.

During the first phase of the project, Pakistan leased the helicopters while the US provided the resources, funding, training and support to help Pakistan establish a strong and reliable helicopter fleet. (ANI)

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