Ministry of Defense web site.

I found this graphic on the Ministry of Defense web site. Here’s the whole thing.

If I follow it correctly, the 3 UH-1 Huey medium lift and 3 CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters sent to Pakistan arrived via three different ways.

- The 3 UH-1 Hueys were sent via C-130 Hercules transport.

- 2 of the CH-47s were ferried off the coast of Pakistan by JDS Shimokita, a LST, and then apparently flown overland. (Not ideal since Shimokita has no hangar, and the helicopters have to stay on the flight deck during bad weather.)

- One of the CH-47s was flown to Pakistan by Antonov An-124 heavy lifter.

Despite the fact that Japan is acquiring new C-2 airlifters, they would still have to ship CH-47s by other means. Although just barely short enough to fit in the C-2′s cargo box, the CH-47 is too wide and too tall. (One American C-17 Globemaster III can carry one CH-47.)

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