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.