MH-60R on runway and taking off from USS Nimitz May 2022

PACIFIC OCEAN, (May 17, 2022) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, from the "Battlecats" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73, takes off of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problems (TSTA/FEP). TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin McTaggart)

MH-60R Seahawk


MH-60R Seahawk primary missions are anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, electromagnetic warfare, command and control, and non-combat operations. Secondary missions include naval surface fire support, medical evacuation, search and rescue, logistics, special warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.


The MH-60R Seahawk is the U.S. Navy's primary anti-submarine and surface warfare helicopter specially designed for all aspects of land or maritime operations from any aviation ship or air-capable vessel. The MH-60R has demonstrated unmatched multi-mission capabilities since achieving full operational capability in 2010 and has achieved the highest mission capable rates of any maritime helicopter. The MH-60R and its mission systems replaced the fleet's legacy SH-60B and SH-60F aircraft.


Primary Function: Anti-Submarine Warfare, Surface Warfare Helicopter
Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Lockheed Martin Systems
Date Deployed: 2006
Propulsion: 2x GE T700-GE-401C or -401D
Length: 64 feet, 10 inches
Height: 17 feet
Weight: 15,170 pounds (empty), 23,500 pounds (max gross)
Crew: Three

Program Status

Production: In production
Inventory: 270
Initial Operational Capabilities (IOC) date: December 2005
Operational Capabilities (FOC) date: 2010