Governor Pete Ricketts announced Thursday that two Nebraska Army National Guard helicopters and 13 soldiers of a Nebraska Army National Guard aviation unit will mobilize to help with Hurricane Florence relief efforts. 

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency received a request for helicopters and crews to aid in air search and rescue missions in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

The deployment comes as part of a national mutual aid system. 

"The Nebraska Army National Guard Soldiers we are deploying are trained and ready to carry out this mission," Ricketts said. "We are confident that they will provide significant support for what is expected to be a major relief operation. 

Two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and 13 soldiers from the Lincoln-based Company G, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion are expected to begin to deploy to Tennessee Thursday evening.