Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters assigned to the 642d Aviation Support Battalion departed from the Rochester Sunday to assist in rescue and relief in North Carolina.

Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters assigned to the 642d Aviation Support Battalion departed from the Rochester airport at 9:30, Sunday morning, to assist in rescue and relief operations in North Carolina.

The two aircraft and ten personnel from the unit will be based at the airport in Raleigh.

Sgt. 1st Class William Shephard, the Readiness NCO for the 642d ASB, said the Black Hawk crews will remain in North Carolina for the next two weeks.

Shephard also said that two CH-47 Chinook helicopters are being prepared for support operations in South Carolina with an anticipated departure, possibly as soon as Monday of this week.

The Department of Defense said in a statement that over 13,000 military personnel have been assigned to support hurricane relief efforts.