08/10/2011 12:56 EDT | Updated 10/10/2011 05:12 EDT

Jamaica Hurricanes: Canada Military Sends Help To Island In Advance Of Hurricane Season


TRENTON, Ont. - Canada is sending three helicopters and 65 military staff to Jamaica to help out during what is expected to be a rough hurricane season.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay says the military will assist with search and rescue during the season, which lasts through November.

The announcement at CFB Trenton today follows a request from the Jamaican government.

Forecasters say high ocean temperatures and atmospheric conditions point to an above-average storm season in the Caribbean.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration is predicting seven to 10 hurricanes.

Canada and Jamaica have been increasing their military ties in recent years.

"Our government is committed to ensuring that our Canadian Forces are ready to assist our allies on the world stage, if and when the call comes," MacKay said in a news release.

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