PENSACOLA - The Navy says search and rescue helicopters that have been flying missions over New Orleans have moved their base of operations from Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. The new base is an aircraft carrier anchored in the Gulf of Mexico off the Mississippi coast.
Thirteen helicopter squadrons are flying off the USS Harry Truman about 30 miles off Pascagoula, Mississippi, as part of the Navy's response to Hurricane Katrina. Military officials say the move will save time and about 200 gallons of fuel per mission, and that could result in saving more lives.
Pensacola is at least an hour's flying time from New Orleans while the carrier is only 30 minutes away.