PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - According to the Associated Press, the Navy SEALs killed in Saturday's attack were flying in a CH-47D Chinook helicopter.
Boeing.com says Chinook helicopters were introduced in 1962 and first used in Vietnam. They are flown by the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, National Guard and International Armed Forces.
Used as a multi-mission transport unit the 33,000 pound carrier's primary objective is to move troops, artillery, ammunition, fuel, barrier materials and other supplies.
Chinooks are also used in disaster relief situations for medical evacuations, search and rescues,parachute drops and construction.
The Associated Press said the large, slow moving nature of Chinooks make them an insurgent target.
The helicopter is the Boeing Company's longest running production program. 1,179 Chinooks have been built since their creation.
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