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A CH-53 Sea Stallion from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Four (HC-4) moves into position for air-to-air refueling.


Rotating roles and missions

Navy planes get the glory. Navy helicopters get the work orders. They define multitasking: transporting relief supplies into disaster areas, performing med-evacs, moving supplies ship-to-ship, search and rescue, ground support, clearing mines, torpedoing enemy subs… Name it. They do it. In all weather, all day and all night, whirlybirds are the unsung heroes of Naval aviation.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Micah Borgstadt launches an HS-60 Sea Hawk helicopter during flight operations.
Seahawk MH-60
Indispensable Versatility

The twin-engine Seahawk is a do-it-all machine. This isn't even the full chore list:

  • Anti-submarine warfare
  • Search and rescue
  • Drug interdiction
  • Anti-ship warfare
  • Cargo lift
  • Early warning
  • Medevac
  • Special Operations

Seahawks can land on or fly to almost any Navy ship or base. They buzz back and forth around a fleet, moving personnel, parts and other mission-critical items between vessels and shore.

The Seahawk exists in two variants: the rugged MH-60 and the newer MH-60R. The newest model will be equipped with a more sensitive radar array. However, the cockpits are identical so pilots can seamlessly fly either platform.

Get the tech and specs on the Seahawk MH-60.

Two MH-S3E Sea Dragon helicopters assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron (MH) 14 take off from the flight deck of an amphibious assault ship.
Sea Dragon MH-53E
The Enemy Is Mine

Sea Dragons are used primarily for airborne mine countermeasures and carry several sophisticated anti-mine systems. But, they can also pick up the slack for Seahawks when it comes to other roles such as assault support. Sea Dragons can deliver up to 55 personnel to a landing zone or carry heavy loads: up to 16 tons for 50 nautical miles or 10 tons for 500 nautical miles.

Get the tech and specs on the Sea Dragon MH-53E.