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Attending the March 22 opening of the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter operations center are (l-r) Maj. Wade Dunford USMC, HQMC; Lt. Col. Dave Borkowski USMC, OPNAV; Col. Robert Pridgen USMC, Naval Air Systems Command PMA-261 Heavy Lift Program Manager.

Sikorsky Opens CH-53K Assembly Line

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation has opened an assembly line to build five prototype aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps' CH-53K heavy lift helicopter program as part of a $3 billion System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract. "Production of the next generation heavy lift helicopter prototype is underway," said Dennis Jarvi, Sikorsky vice president for Marine Corps and Navy Programs. The assembly line is housed at Sikorsky's Florida Assembly and Flight Operations (FAFO) in West Palm Beach, Fla. Once assembled, the prototype aircraft will undergo R E C O N flight testing at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center adjacent to the FAFO campus. U.S. Army begins Two additional non-flying airframe test articles will HH-60M operations in Iraq be assembled at Sikorsky's main manufacturing plant in U.S. Navy displays Stratford, Conn., and later shipped to Florida -- the first MH-60R helicopters in Australia to conduct static load testing, the second to test loads AAR takes S-92® simulating fatigue limits of the helicopter's structure.


Newest Milestone

The assembly line is the latest milestone of the $3 billion SDD contract to Sikorsky awarded in April 2006 to design, build and test four engineering development models, three test articles, spares and test components. SDD activities include aircraft development, systems integration, test article production, and test and evaluation. All major SDD subcontracts have been awarded to suppliers, and are valued at over $1.1 billion. The aircraft's major fuselage sections are supplied by Aurora Flight Sciences, EDO Corp., GKN Aerospace, and Spirit AeroSystems. The program of record calls for the production of 200 aircraft. Sikorsky has no specific location selected for the aircraft's full-scale production. Initial Operational Capability is planned for FY2018. The three-engine CH-53K helicopter will maintain virtually the same footprint as its predecessor, the CH-53E SUPER STALLIONTM helicopter, but will nearly triple the payload to 27,000 pounds over 110 nautical miles under "high hot" ambient conditions. Continued on page 2

helicopters to Afghanistan U.S. Navy awards PBL follow-on contract

X2 Team Wins Collier Trophy


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CH-53K Helicopter

Assembly Stats

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The CH-53K helicopter assembly line takes up approximately 60,000 square feet at the FAFO -- space that is leased from sister UTC company Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. The assembly area will feature a four-position developmental aircraft assembly line to produce the new aircraft. New overhead power and air dropdowns, aircraft work stands and overhead cranes will support aircraft final assembly and rotor head/quality control assembly operations. Digitally designed, the CH-53K helicopter also will take advantage of digital manufacturing techniques, such as digital operation sheets to aid in assembly, and wireless data connections to all operator plasma data screens. "We have created `virtual tools' that will improve the learning process and identify and solve issues before they become costly delays in manufacturing," said Jarvi. Up to 650 employees work on the CH-53K program at Sikorsky's main engineering and manufacturing facility in Stratford, Connecticut.

Innovative Tools and Technologies Help CH-53K Program Development

The CH-53K helicopter assembly line is the latest in a suite of new technologies and tools that are changing how Sikorsky is designing and building next-generation fly-by-wire helicopters.

Precision Components Technology Center

Large custom-designed machining centers at Stratford, Conn., are forging some of the biggest and most complex titanium components Sikorsky has ever designed. These include a 66 in. (1, -diameter main rotor hub that weighs 2,450 pounds (1,111 kg) before machining. The center also will produce the aircraft's other major dynamic components, including the rotating and stationary swashplates, main and tail rotor hubs, and main rotor sleeves.

"It's good to be here at this milestone to mark a level of maturity in not only this team but in this platform. Wonderful job. Beautiful facility. We are producing results. It's a good day to be on your team."

Col. Robert D. Pridgen, Program Manager, H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters (PMA-261)

Systems Integration Lab

Sikorsky opened a 10,000-square-foot systems integration lab in Stratford, Conn., to develop the CH-53K helicopter's flight control and avionics systems. The SIL will test these highly integrated systems, and enable development of a prototype in a controlled area that closely replicates the expected operational environment. The lab also will allow engineers to test key subsystems before flight test, including the avionics, electrical power, electronic flight controls, hydraulic flight controls, and engine controls.

"Hats off to the entire Sikorsky team... you've done a fantastic job. Certainly this team is one of the industry's leaders for innovation in helicopter design, and the integration of many advanced technologies. So I'd like to commend you for your efforts so far, and keep up the good work."

Col. Robert T. Tobin, HQMC

Virtual Reality Center

Sikorsky's virtual reality center (Stratford, Conn.) uses a three-dimensional digital environment to find production and maintenance issues that typically only could be found during the initial build of an aircraft. Engineers at the center use sophisticated software, cameras, a head-mounted display headset, gloves, and a gripping tool to identify potential problems in time to avoid them, thereby saving time and money. "Our virtual reality tool will enhance our ability to design an aircraft that is easier to produce and maintain," said Mark Miller, Sikorsky vice president, research and engineering. "Designers will no longer have to rely on their imaginations to understand assembly and maintenance issues. They will be able to experience them long before parts are fabricated."

Collier Trophy for X2 Technology Team


The Sikorsky X2 TechnologyTM demonstrator team has won the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy. Awarded annually by the National Aeronautic Association, the trophy recognizes the greatest achievements in aeronautics or astronautics in America. The recognition comes six months after the X2 Technology demonstrator successfully achieved a speed of 250 knots true air speed in level flight, setting an unofficial speed record for a helicopter, and accomplishing the program's ultimate speed milestone. The Collier Trophy will be formally presented in early May.




HH-60M MEDEVAC Helicopter Flies for First Time in Iraq

By Spc. Roland Hale, PAO eCAB, 1st Inf. Div.

CAMP TAJI, Iraq ­ The U.S. Army's newest medevac helicopter saw action in Iraq for the first time during 2010 with an aviation company from the Vermont National Guard. C Company of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment deployed in 2010 with a dozen HH-60M helicopters, the latest medical variant of the Army's BLACK HAWK airframe. The unit was the first to receive the HH-60M helicopter, and served as a test-bed for the aircraft. The HH-60M aircraft features more powerful engines than the UH-60L aircraft, improved rotor blades, electronic instruments, digital displays, and an autopilot feature. New features that enhance its medical mission include an integrated EKG machine, an oxygen generator, electronically controlled litters, an infrared system that can locate patients by their body heat, and a built-in external hoist. "It's like going from a '67 Buick to jumping into a brand new Cadillac," said Sgt. David Diminico, an HH-60M aircraft crew member. "There's a lot of the stuff built into this aircraft that we used to have to carry out to the aircraft. We've got everything we need in one aircraft, and we can get off the ground pretty quick." And that means the world to medevac crews, he said. On an urgent call, crews must take off in under 15 minutes; every minute carrying and assembling gear adds to that time. With the HH-60M, C Company recently made a mission in under seven minutes. "When you're talking about our flight medics getting there, 30 seconds can make a huge difference," said Diminico.

A Vermont National Guard helicopter company flew the U.S. Army's newest medical evacuation helicopter for the first time in Iraq. C Company of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment is the first unit to receive the HH-60M helicopter, and was the first user in Iraq. The company is attached to the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan.

Functional Improvements

In addition to its new systems, the HH-60M helicopter boasts several aesthetic, yet functional improvements. The aircraft's digital-age look extends from the cockpit to the crew area, setting the HH-60M apart from some of its more rugged looking predecessors. The crew chiefs' seats have moved to the very back of the aircraft, making room for up to six patients and a myriad of technological gadgets. The crew can easily access litters and other medical equipment from their seats. From the outside, one of the more noticeable differences is the absence of open crew chief windows. The crews now use plastic bubbles protruding from the aircraft's doors. The sealed windows help the crews maintain a sterile environment, said Diminico. The Army will continue to field the HH-60M to its fleet, incorporating lessons learned from the company's deployment. Editor's note: On March 6, 2011, the 40th CAB took over operations from the 1st CAB, which has returned home to Fort Riley, Kan. after successfully completing its year-long tour.

A crew chief serving in Iraq looks out of the HH-60M medevac helicopter's new crew window. The sealed bubble window is used to keep a clean environment inside the helicopter when transporting patients. U.S. Army photos by Spc. Roland Hale, eCAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO




Team Romeo Commits to $1.5 Billion Australian Industrial Capability

Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, GE and CAE (Team Romeo industry partners) have committed to establish more than 450 jobs and work opportunities with Australian companies valued at more than $1.5B over the next 10 years. The commitment supports the Team Romeo's tender to provide 24 U.S. Navy MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopters for the Australian Government's Air 9000 Phase 8 program. Collectively, the five companies already employ 12,000 in Australia. Team Romeo companies also are actively engaging Australian companies to bring Australian small-and mediumsized enterprises into their global supply chains A key component of the industrial plan is a Sikorsky Aircraft proposal valued at $1 billion over 10 years to establish an all-new export industry in Australia to remanufacture military helicopters first project: refurbish and find buyers for Australia's BLACK HAWK and SEAHAWK® aircraft.

U.S. Navy Brings MH-60R Helicopters to Australia

Australia AIR

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Shoup sailed into Port Melbourne the first week of March to showcase its two onboard MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopters. The U.S. Navy displayed one `Romeo' (above) at the Australian International Airshow, while the second remained on board the destroyer for viewing by visiting dignitaries. The MH-60R platform is one of two aircraft types shortlisted for the Air 9000 Phase 8 tender to supply the Royal Australian Navy with a fleet of 24 multi-mission maritime helicopters. The U.S. Navy, and Team Romeo principals Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin, are offering the MH-60R helicopter in competition with NH Industries' NFH-90 aircraft. The Australian Government is expected to announce its choice during 2011.

Diverted to Australia

To showcase the MH-60R helicopters at the Australian International Airshow, the U.S. Navy diverted the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Shoup to Melbourne, an hour's drive from the Australian International Airshow. Melbourne was the final port of call for the San Diego, Calif.-based destroyer following a six-month deployment with the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group. During the deployment, MH-60R helicopters flown by the "Saberhawks" of HSM-77 performed extensive anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia.

In early March, the U.S. Navy displayed an MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter at the Australian International Airshow (upper right) while a second aircraft stayed on the USS Shoup (above). Both are operated by the "Saberhawks" of HSM-77. Team Romeo photos by Andy Poulastides

87 Romeos Operational

The MH-60R helicopter is the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare rotary wing platform. Sikorsky and mission systems integrator Lockheed Martin have delivered 87 mission-ready MH-60R helicopters to the U.S. Navy since full-rate production began in 2006. The companies have additional annual capacity to produce up to 20 MH-60R aircraft for other navies.

Queensland Floods/Cyclone Yasi

An Australian Army S-70 BLACK HAWK helicopter (left) and a Royal Australian Navy Sea King helicopter (right) airlift trapped residents from rising flood waters in Queensland during December 2010 and early January 2011. Extensive rain caused unprecedented flooding across three-quarters of the state. Royal Australian Navy S-70 SEAHAWK® helicopters also were deployed in the rescues. Photos by Australian Defence Force







Chris Clapperton, Director, Maritime and Asia Strategies, Sikorsky Aerospace Services

Sikorsky Proposes Australian Remanufacturing Hub for H-60 Series Helicopters

Sikorsky has proposed to the Australian Government a plan to remanufacture the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) 50 S-70 helicopters when they become surplus to requirements starting in 2014. Valued at $1 billion over 10 years, the plan would establish in Australia an all-new export industry to remanufacture and resell on the global market the ADF's 34 Army S-70A-9 BLACK HAWK and 16 Royal Australian Navy S-70B-2 SEAHAWK® aircraft. The remanufacturing proposal is a key option of Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin's plan to bring long-term jobs and work opportunities valued at $1.5 billion to Australian industry over the next 10 years in support of the tender to provide 24 U.S. Navy MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopters for the government's Air 9000 Phase 8 program. All 50 Sikorsky-designed-and-built ADF S-70 aircraft will become surplus to requirements starting in 2014 as the Australian Army transitions to a new fleet of helicopters, and the Royal Australian Navy accepts a new fleet of 24 naval combat helicopters.

billion to remanufacture the Australian Defence Force's 34 BLACK HAWK and 16 SEAHAWK® helicopters as utility aircraft. At our own expense, we would enlarge Sikorsky Aerospace Service's Helitech maintenance facility in Brisbane, hire and train workers, engage with qualified Australian vendors, remanufacture each aircraft to almost as-new condition, and then sell each aircraft on the global market, sharing the profits with the Commonwealth.

Sikorsky has proposed to the Australian Government a plan to establish an all-new H-60 helicopter remanufacturing center in Brisbane, Queensland, the first outside the United States. Frontlines talked with Sikorsky's Chris Clapperton to learn more. Q: What's the Sikorsky remanufacturing plan all about? A: Sikorsky has proposed to the Commonwealth a plan valued at $1


Why does the Australian Government want to get rid of these aircraft?

A: The Army's 34 S-70A-9 aircraft are being replaced, and there is a competition to replace the Royal Australian Navy's 16 S-70B-2 SEAHAWK aircraft with a new maritime helicopter. Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy -- Team Romeo -- are offering the U.S. Navy's MH-60R SEAHAWK helicopter.

Most definitely. Government agencies worldwide will pay between $9 million and $12 million for a remanufactured utility aircraft in the 10-ton category -- about half the cost of a new H-60 helicopter.

Q: A: Q: A:

Is there a market for remanufactured military helicopters?

What research have you done to understand market needs?

Long-term Capability for Australia

Speaking to reporters at the Australian International Airshow, March 2, Sikorsky Maritime and Asia Strategy Director Chris Clapperton said the S-70/H-60 helicopter remanufacturing facility would be the first outside the United States. "Sikorsky is developing a market opportunity in Australia that currently does not exist, and that will make Australia a focal point for refurbishment and overhaul of aging military helicopters," said Clapperton. He said Sikorsky would expand its Helitech maintenance facility in Brisbane, Queensland to remanufacture five ADF aircraft a year, find buyers on the global market, and then share the profits with the Commonwealth of Australia. Cash flow from aircraft sales on the global market would fund the operation. Once established, the remanufacturing facility is expected to attract hundreds of other H-60 series aircraft from across the Asia-Pacific region -- including a portion of U.S. excess defense articles -- that will require overhaul or resale on the global market.

Sikorsky has performed an extensive study of the international military and para-public market in the 10-ton utility category. The Commonwealth's 50 remanufactured helicopters can easily capture 24 percent of that market, or a nominal $550 million market size. This can be achieved by remanufacturing and selling five to six aircraft per year over 10 years.

The ADF's 50 BLACK HAWK and SEAHAWK aircraft were purchased new in the late 1980s and are rated for 10,000 flight hours. Today, those aircraft still have about 5,000 flight hours left on the airframe, or between 10 to 20 years of operational life. Remanufacturing each aircraft to modern equipment standards will appeal to many countries that want a quality helicopter, but choose not to buy new.

Q: A:

How old are the ADF aircraft you want to remanufacture?


What percentage of each BLACK HAWK and SEAHAWK aircraft will be remanufactured?

A: Every inch of the aircraft will be inspected, stripped of equipment down to the paintwork, and rebuilt with an all-new modern digital cockpit and wiring harnesses. The engines, transmissions and other dynamic components will go undergo repair and overhaul prior to re-fitment. Q:

Aren't some of these aircraft you want to remanufacture the same that conducted humanitarian operations during the Queensland floods?

During the Queensland floods during December 2010 and January 2011, Sikorsky's Helitech facility near Brisbane, Queensland provided support personnel to forward locations where Australian Defence Force BLACK HAWK helicopter units were launching rescue flights. Personnel deployed again in early February when Cyclone Yasi came ashore in the northern part of the state. In a recent letter to George Cheetham, managing director of Sikorsky Helitech, Dr. Stephen J. Gumley, Defence Materiel Organisation CEO, wrote: "Aircraft were maintained for round-the-clock operations so that the capability could be employed

whenever and wherever required. This enabled aircraft to operate close to impacted areas and to provide maximum assistance to communities in need of help. "Sikorsky's willingness and ability to offer that level of assistance aided the Australian Defence Force's preparedness and capacity to assist affected communities. "I thank you and your team for your level of support during these recent natural disasters." Said George Cheetham: "Sikorsky Helitech appreciates the acknowledgment from Dr Gumley. It is good for our employees to gain that level of recognition for their efforts."

A: Yes. The S-70 BLACK HAWK and SEAHAWK helicopters, along with Sikorsky-designed Sea King helicopters, have conducted the majority of air operations in support of the floods and Cyclone Yasi relief operations. Q:

How much H-60 aircraft remanufacturing experience does Sikorsky have?

A: We have extensive remanufacturing experience. Sikorsky currently is under contract to upgrade UH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopters to UH-60L configuration for the Colombian Air Force and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. We are also modernizing S-61T Sea King aircraft for the U.S. Department of State.

Chris Clapperton can be reached in Australia at [email protected]




Saudi MOI Rescues Jeddah Residents

Four Sikorsky S-92® helicopters assigned to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior (MOI) flew day and nighttime search and rescue missions to bring 220 people to safety during late January 2011 floods in Jeddah, the kingdom's second largest city. Sikorsky provides the Saudi MOI with full spectrum aviation support, including VIP transport, medevac, logistic support and training.

S-92 Helicopters Begin Support Operations in Afghanistan


S-70i Helicopters in Final Assembly


Sikorsky is in the final stages of completing three S-70iTM BLACK HAWK aircraft for delivery to a launch customer later this year. Produced specifically for the international market, the S-70i helicopters are in final assembly at Sikorsky's PZL Mielec facility in Poland. A fourth aircraft is in test at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The S-70i helicopter incorporates advanced features, such as a fully integrated digital cockpit with a dual digital automatic flight control system and coupled flight director, an active vibration control system, and a dual GPS/INS system with digital map. "The overall quality of PZL Mielec's S-70i helicopter Final Assembly and Test Flight Operations has exceeded Sikorsky's expectations," said Robert Mastronardi, S-70i senior program manager, Sikorsky Military Systems. "High-standards are a part of everyday work and it shows in the aircraft that are being delivered to the Test Flight Operations." Options in development for the S-70i helicopter will enable customers to perform missions such as humanitarian relief, search and rescue, medical evacuation, command and control, and armed patrol.

Two Sikorsky S-92® helicopters recently delivered to airlift services provider AAR Corp have arrived in Afghanistan to support U.S. Government operations. AAR will perform passenger and cargo lift missions on behalf of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), a government agency that provides transportation for the Department of Defense. "Deployment to Afghanistan is a tremendous opportunity for AAR and the U.S. Government to show what the multi-mission S-92 aircraft is capable of in some very challenging flight conditions at high altitude," said Ed Beyer, vice president for Sikorsky Global Helicopters. AAR purchased the two S-92 aircraft following an October 2010 USTRANSCOM contract award valued at $450 million to provide up to five years of airlift service in Afghanistan. Both aircraft began operations in Afghanistan during February 2011. AAR already operates 11 S-61N aircraft in various mission roles, including Afghanistan.

Alternate Aircraft Evaluated

"We evaluated a number of alternatives before concluding that the S-92 helicopter was the best choice to meet the arduous demands of supporting tactical lift missions in extremely harsh and remote environments," said Jeff Schloesser, president of AAR's Airlift Group "The selection came down to choosing the aircraft that best fulfills the requirements and enables us to offer reliability, responsiveness and the best long-term business case for the military," he said. Sikorsky has delivered 132 S-92 helicopters since September 2004 to commercial customers in the oil and gas industry, search and rescue, VIP transport and utility sectors. To date, the worldwide S-92 aircraft fleet has accumulated 300,000 flight hours, a record for a commercial fleet of Sikorsky helicopters in a similar timeframe.

Sikorsky recently conducted M3M .50 cal machine gun tests with the S-70i helicopter, the new BLACK HAWK variant being produced for the international market.

Two S-92 helicopters operated by AAR Corp in Afghanistan were manufactured at Sikorsky's commercial helicopter facility in Coatesville, Pa.




U.S. NAVY Renews Successful Helicopter Logistics Program with $1.4 Billion Follow-on Contract

Commemorating the U.S. Navy's $1.4 billion Performance Based Logistics contract with the Maritime Helicopter Support Company are (seated left) Rod Skotty, MHSCo president with Capt. Chris Mosher, NAVICP director of contracts. Standing (L-R) Frank DiPasquale, Sikorsky Aerospace Services vice president of sales, marketing and strategic relationships; Pat Nally, Lockheed Martin MS2 director of logistics and sustainment; George Mitchell, Sikorsky Aerospace Services director of military customer support; and Capt. Michael Cerneck, commander, DCMA Sikorsky.

"By meeting the Navy's rigorous on-time parts

delivery requirements, MHSCo has set a high standard of support that has had a very positive effect on H-60 flight operations.

RADM Raymond Berube


The Maritime Helicopter Support Company, a joint venture of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and mission systems integrator Lockheed Martin, has received a $1.4 billion firm fixed price contract from the U.S. Navy to continue providing performance-based logistics support for more than 400 in-service H-60 SEAHAWK® helicopters. The contract requires the Maritime Helicopter Support Company (MHSCo) to manage the supply chain and provide as-needed repair of more than 1,250 aircraft components and subsystems for the Navy's H-60 Tip-to-Tail performance-based logistics (PBL) program. Supported aircraft include Navy SH-60B, SH-60F, HH-60H, MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters, Coast Guard HH-60J helicopters and other H-60 aircraft operated by customers of the Navy's Foreign Military Sales program. Sikorsky's aftermarket support company Sikorsky Aerospace Services, Shelton, Conn., and Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, NY, will fulfill the contract through January 31, 2015.

Measurable Goals

Performance-based logistics programs incentivize the contractor to meet measurable performance goals as the criteria for payment. In 2004, by applying commercial best practices across the supply chain, MHSCo quickly boosted delivery of replacement parts and assemblies to the Navy's helicopter fleet by 25 percent. "Over the past seven years, MHSCo has consistently exceeded contract requirements, and enhanced the customer's fleet readiness, by improving the availability and reliability of H-60 materiel and providing effective inventory control and materiel obsolescence management," said David Adler, president of Sikorsky Aerospace Services. "This follow-on contract will enable MHSCo to continue to provide the maximum value and the highest service levels to the U.S. Government, the taxpayer and the warfighter," he said. Added Dan Schultz, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Ship & Aviation Systems:"Last September, Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked industry to reduce lifecycle costs and improve performance. Through MHSCo, our two companies have shown that performance based logistics, properly implemented, can achieve those goals."

Large, Successful PBL

The H-60 Tip-to-Tail PBL program will enable the Navy/MHSCo team to continue the accomplishments achieved under the initial five-year contract awarded in January 2004. Today, the program is among the largest of its kind for a fully functional aircraft fleet. "H-60 Tip-to-Tail is recognized as one of the U.S. Navy's most successful PBL programs," said RADM Raymond Berube, commander, Naval Inventory Control Point in Philadelphia, which procures, manages, and supplies spare parts for naval aircraft, submarines and ships worldwide. "By meeting the Navy's rigorous on-time parts delivery requirements, MHSCo has set a high standard of support that has had a very positive effect on H-60 flight operations."

Sailors assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 15 perform maintenance on a SH-60F SEAHAWK helicopter, December 2010, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza




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Relief for Japan

KURO-SOKI, JAPAN (March 16, 2011) -- Japanese citizens unload food and water from an HH-60H SEAHAWK® helicopter assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4. The squadron was embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), off the coast of Japan providing humanitarian assistance as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi. Additional rotary forces -- Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 14 (HS-14) and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 51 (HSL-51) -- have combined their humanitarian support for Operation Tomodachi from Naval Air Facility Misawa.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord

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At the Australian International Airshow, March 1- 6, 2011, the U.S. Navy's MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter took point position on static display ahead of a B-52 Stratofortress, an E3-D Sentry, a C-130J Hercules and a Team Romeo photo by Andy Poulastides KC-135 Stratotanker.

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