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CBP Air and Marine Operations Black Hawk and Crew Departs for Hurricane Florence

Release Date: 
September 13, 2018

DETROIT— A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Black Hawk and crew has departed Selfridge ANGB and is currently staged to respond following Hurricane Florence landfall.

A CBP AMO Black Hawk departs Selfridge ANGB
A CBP AMO Black Hawk
departs Selfridge ANGB

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations UH-60 Black Hawk and crew which is home based on Selfridge ANGB in Harrison Township, is currently on the ground in Virginia and ready to respond once Hurricane Florence makes landfall which is expected to take place later this evening.

CBP is committed to the safety of the residents being impacted by the storm and will contribute unique capabilities such as boats, helicopters and airplanes when asked to assist our state and local authorities to respond to and recover from this dangerous hurricane.

“This AMO aircraft and crew is just one of many from around the country that are staging to respond to Hurricane Florence,” said Mike Bishop, Director of Air and Marine Operations, Great Lakes Air and Marine Branch. “Aircrews such as this one are essential in saving lives following a massive hurricane such as this one.”

CBP’s highest priorities following the hurricane making landfall are life-saving and live-sustaining activities to include: the safe evacuation of people leaving the impacted areas; the maintenance of public order; prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible; and the speedy recovery of the region.

Continue to follow CBP on twitter @CBPSoutheast, @CBPFlorida, and @CBPMidAtlantic for an up to date look of what is happening on the ground and what CBP is doing to support the Hurricane Florence response efforts.

Last modified: 
September 14, 2018