Trump accepts Singapore’s offer of CH-47s for help in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted Singapore’s offer of four CH-47 helicopters to aid the U.S. relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Republic of Singapore Air Force airmen fly CH-47 Chinook helicopters back to Ellsworth Air Force Base after performing sling load operations in support of the Golden Coyote training exercise at Camp Rapid, S.D., June 14, 2016. The Golden Coyote exercise is a three-phase, scenario-driven exercise conducted in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming, which enables commanders to focus on mission essential task requirements, warrior tasks and battle drills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristen Root/Released)

Republic of Singapore Air Force airmen fly CH-47 Chinook helicopters back to Ellsworth Air Force Base after performing sling load operations in support of the Golden Coyote training exercise at Camp Rapid, S.D., June 14, 2016. The Golden Coyote exercise is a three-phase, scenario-driven exercise conducted in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming, which enables commanders to focus on mission essential task requirements, warrior tasks and battle drills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristen Root/Released)


Trump was in a phone call with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his trip to Texas on Aug. 29 and Lee conveyed the offer.

The Singapore Ministry of Defense says the helicopters – based in Texas – are now on site to start relief operations.

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