"The wreckage of the helicopter destroyed in the bin Laden operation was returned over the weekend and is now back in the United States," Colonel Dave Lapan said.
The operation, code-named as Operation "Neptune Spear", was ordered by US President Barack Obama. The raid on bin Laden's compound in Bilal Town, Abbottabad in Pakistan was launched from Afghanistan. The helicopter was damaged in a hard landing at bin Laden's compound and US special forces deliberately blew it up after gunning down Laden. But, the tail section of the helicopter remained behind and the US demanded it from Pakistan.
US had feared that parts of the advanced helicopter used in the raid could fall into Chinese hands. China has a close connection with Pakistan and relations between Pakistan and China have been rejuvenated with growing American distrust of its War on Terror ally.