Living in DC you see your share of VIP military helicopters. The parade of them from Andrews AFB to the Pentagon each day (or further up to Langley) gets to be quite annoying for those living along the flight path of the Potomac River. Even out in the boonies where we live we occasionally had them flying over our house (we later learned that Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld had a place on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay).
So I was a bit surprised to see the photos today from the Navy’s photo site that showed, based on the paint scheme, to be a VIP transport being used for Tsunami relief operations. But sure enough, one of the two VIP transports for the Navy’s Pacific Fleet was busy slinging cargo to be taken into hard hit areas of Japan.