NAVAIR

H-53 Helicopters

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A U.S. Marine MH-53E Sea Dragon conducts a dust-penetrating light detection and ranging (DUSPEN LIDAR) test flight at NAS Patuxent River, Md. on Oct. 5, 2012. The test demonstrates how the LIDAR system inputs data to show images of flight hazards such as wires, berms, slants and uneven or rough ground which would make landing safely more difficult if unseen. Normally, these hazards would not be clear when using typical sensors during a dusty landing. (U.S. Navy photo by Liz Wolter)
A U.S. Marine MH-53E Sea Dragon conducts a dust-penetrating light detection and ranging (DUSPEN LIDAR) test flight at NAS Patuxent River, Md. on Oct. 5, 2012. The test demonstrates how the LIDAR system inputs data to show images of flight hazards such as wires, berms, slants and uneven or rough ground which would make landing safely more difficult if unseen. Normally, these hazards would not be clear when using typical sensors during a dusty landing. (U.S. Navy photo by Liz Wolter)

A CH-53E conducts safe separation aerial tests over the Chesapeake Bay near NAS Patuxent River, Md. on Dec. 22, 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Liz Wolter)
A CH-53E conducts safe separation aerial tests over the Chesapeake Bay near NAS Patuxent River, Md. on Dec. 22, 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Liz Wolter)

A CH-53D from MCAF Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii prepares to take off from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 at NAS Patuxent River, Md. on November 12, 2008. (U.S. Navy photo by Liz Wolter)
A CH-53D from MCAF Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii prepares to take off from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 at NAS Patuxent River, Md. on November 12, 2008. (U.S. Navy photo by Liz Wolter)

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, along with approximately 650 Afghan soldiers and police officers from the Afghan National Security Force (ANSF), prepare to board CH-53D Sea Stallion and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters at Forward Operating Base Dwyer, Afghanistan, July 2, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Philippe E. Chasse) Below: U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeffrey Haertling, with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, checks a field for hidden weapons during an operation in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, July 5, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau)
U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, along with approximately 650 Afghan soldiers and police officers from the Afghan National Security Force (ANSF), prepare to board CH-53D Sea Stallion and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters at Forward Operating Base Dwyer, Afghanistan, July 2, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Philippe E. Chasse) Below: U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeffrey Haertling, with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, checks a field for hidden weapons during an operation in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, July 5, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau)

CH-53D in Afghanistan Nov. 2009
CH-53D in Afghanistan Nov. 2009

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	Island of Sumatra, Indonesia (Jan. 24, 2005) - An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, assigned to the "Blackhawks" of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-15), delivers food and relief supplies to a village on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. HM-15 is currently embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is currently underway in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. Essex is the Navy's only forward deployed amphibious assault ship homeported in Sasebo, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Bart A. Bauer (RELEASED)<br />
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Island of Sumatra, Indonesia (Jan. 24, 2005) - An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, assigned to the "Blackhawks" of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-15), delivers food and relief supplies to a village on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. HM-15 is currently embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is currently underway in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. Essex is the Navy's only forward deployed amphibious assault ship homeported in Sasebo, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Bart A. Bauer (RELEASED)

 


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	Indian Ocean (Jan. 27, 2005) – Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class M. Jeremie Yoder takes a picture of an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, assigned to the "Blackhawks" of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-15) as it lifts off from the flight deck of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike group is currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley (RELEASED)<br />
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Indian Ocean (Jan. 27, 2005) – Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class M. Jeremie Yoder takes a picture of an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, assigned to the "Blackhawks" of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-15) as it lifts off from the flight deck of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike group is currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley (RELEASED)
 


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	Persian Gulf (Dec. 6, 2004) - Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Megan Truncer, assigned to the "Dusty Dogs" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Seven (HS-7) gives the signal to an MH-53E Sea Dragon he is clear for takeoff from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Currently, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in ongoing operations over Iraq. Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. (U.S. Navy photo)<br />
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Persian Gulf (Dec. 6, 2004) - Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Megan Truncer, assigned to the "Dusty Dogs" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Seven (HS-7) gives the signal to an MH-53E Sea Dragon he is clear for takeoff from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Currently, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in ongoing operations over Iraq. Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. (U.S. Navy photo)
 


CH-53E in Afghanistan Sept. 2009
CH-53E in Afghanistan Sept. 2009

A CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex as a landing craft utility vehicle approaches to enter the well deck in the South China Sea, April 13, 2009. Essex is participating in Balikatan 2009, an annual bilateral exercise involving U.S. military and Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark R. Alvarez
A CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex as a landing craft utility vehicle approaches to enter the well deck in the South China Sea, April 13, 2009. Essex is participating in Balikatan 2009, an annual bilateral exercise involving U.S. military and Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark R. Alvarez

CH-53E coming aboard the USS San Antonio while undergoing aircraft dynamic interface testing off the coast of Virginia and Maryland as part of the post delivery test and trials period.
CH-53E coming aboard the USS San Antonio while undergoing aircraft dynamic interface testing off the coast of Virginia and Maryland as part of the post delivery test and trials period.

CH-53D aboard USS Essex
CH-53D aboard USS Essex