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Afghan Air Force pilots to begin Black Hawk operations

Salaam Times

KANDAHAR -- The first group of Afghan pilots received their certificates to fly UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in Kandahar Monday (May 7).

"A historic day for the Afghan Air Force today, Afghanistan's first UH-60 Black Hawk mission-qualified crews graduated. Tomorrow, they begin operations in support of Afghanistan's national security and defence," the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a statement Monday.

"The introduction of the UH-60 marks the dawning of a new age for the Afghan Air Force," said US Air Force Brig. Gen. Phillip Stewart.

The first batch of four UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters arrived in Kandahar last October.

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