Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Aircraft profile

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The Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight is a medium-lift tandem rotor cargo helicopter, used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to provide all-weather, day-or-night assault transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Norfolk, Va. (Sept. 23, 2004) – A CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter assigned to the “Dragon Whales” of Helicopter Support Squadron Eight (HC-8).CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Norfolk, Va. (Sept. 23, 2004) – A CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter assigned to the “Dragon Whales” of Helicopter Support Squadron Eight (HC-8).

Assault Support is its primary function, and the movement of supplies and equipment is secondary. Additional tasks include combat support, search and rescue, support for forward refueling and rearming points, CASEVAC and Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP). The commercial version is the BV 107-II, commonly referred to as simply the "Vertol".

Readily identified among current Navy and Marine Corps helicopters are the H-46 series Sea Knights, with their tandem rotor configuration setting them apart from the single rotor design of other Navy/Marine helos. Tandem rotors have been a feature of all production helos built by Boeing/Vertol, and its original predecessor company, Piasecki.

In 1958, Vertol completed a company sponsored prototype of a new helicopter design, powered by two Lycoming T-53 turbine engines for potential military or civilian use. The 107 first flew in April, exhibiting most of the basic configuration characteristics to be found in all of its 107-series successors. The Army ordered three YHC-1As which were developed as GE-T-58-powered military evaluation vehicles under a Bureau of Aeronautics contract. First flying in August 1959, the YHC-1As were followed by an improved commercial/export model, the 107-11.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Camp Rhino, Afghanistan (Dec. 2, 2001) -- A United States Marine Corps. CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter lands on the desert landing strip code named “Rhino.” Rhino is a forward-base of operations strategically located inside Afghanistan. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Greg Messier.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Camp Rhino, Afghanistan (Dec. 2, 2001) -- A United States Marine Corps. CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter lands on the desert landing strip code named “Rhino.” Rhino is a forward-base of operations strategically located inside Afghanistan. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Greg Messier.

During 1960, the Marines evolved a requirement for a twin-turbine troop/cargo assault helicopter to replace the piston engine types then in use. Following a design competition, Boeing/Vertol was selected to build its model 107M as the HRB-1, early in 1961. It retained the general configuration of its predecessors, including the aft sponsons carrying the fixed main gear, a fixed nose gear and built-in emergency flotation provisions so it could land and take off from the water in light seas. Special features included power-operated blade folding, integral cargo handling provisions, a rear loading ramp that could be left open in flight, personnel recovery and rescue equipment, and provisions for hoisting 10,000 pounds externally. These and other features marked a significant step forward in helicopter capability in the time period.

First flight in August 1962 was followed by a change in designation to CH-46A, development flight testing, (including the first NPE in January 1963), and BIS trials beginning in March 1964. Fleet introduction of CH-46As with the Marines and UH-46As with the Navy took place in November 1964. The latter were modified for use in the vertical replenishment role.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Dec. 19, 2001 -- An Aviation Ordnanceman is helped by an aircrewman to secure crates to a CH-46 “Sea Knight” hovering over the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis. Stennis and her accompanying battle group are deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class James A. Farrally II.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Dec. 19, 2001 -- An Aviation Ordnanceman is helped by an aircrewman to secure crates to a CH-46 “Sea Knight” hovering over the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis. Stennis and her accompanying battle group are deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class James A. Farrally II.

Production continued in subsequent years, along with modifications to improve some of the H-46's characteristics. With service in SEAsia came installation of guns and armor. Increased power requirements were met by installation of higher powered T-58-GE-10s in the CH/UH-46D models, which also featured new cambered (droop snoot) rotor blades. The final CH-46E, with further increased power, was preceded by the last production version, the CH-46F, before production was completed with delivery of the 524th H-46 in February 1971.

The early A models now serve as search and rescue HH-46As. CH-46s equip Marine Reserve squadrons, and conversion of earlier aircraft to the new CH-46E version was completed with fiberglass blades slated added to its other improvements. The current H-46 Sea Knight Block Upgrade provides for installation of increased fuel capacity stub wings and an emergency helicopter flotation system. The H-46 Dynamic Component Upgrade provides for safety, engineering and electronic improvements.

Source: US Navy

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 199) Mar. 7, 2002 -- A CH-46 “Sea Knight” from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Three (HC-3) approaches the aft flight deck on board the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Guadalupe during routine training. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Kennedy.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 199) Mar. 7, 2002 -- A CH-46 “Sea Knight” from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Three (HC-3) approaches the aft flight deck on board the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Guadalupe during routine training. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Kennedy.

Detailed background:

Source: wikipedia.org

Development

Piasecki was a pioneering developer of tandem-rotor helicopters, with the most famous previous helicopter being the H-21 "Flying Banana". Piasecki's former company Vertol began work on a new tandem rotor helicopter designated the Vertol Model 107 or V-107 in 1957. The V-107 had two Lycoming T53 turboshaft engines, producing 860 shp (640 kW) each. The first flight of the V-107 took place on April 22, 1958. The V-107 was then put through a flight demonstration tour in the US and overseas. In June 1958, the US Army awarded a contract to Vertol for ten production aircraft designated "YHC-1A".

The order was later decreased to three, so the Army could divert funds to the V-114, also a turbine powered tandem, but larger than the V-107. The Army's three YHC-1As were powered by GE-T-58 engines. The YHC-1As first flew in August 1959, and were followed by an improved commercial/export model, the 107-II. During 1960, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) evolved a requirement for a twin-turbine troop/cargo assault helicopter to replace the piston engine types then in use. Following a design competition, Boeing Vertol was selected to build its model 107M as the HRB-1, early in 1961. Boeing had acquired Vertol in 1960 and renamed the group Boeing Vertol.

The helicopter was first procured in 1961 to meet the medium-lift requirements of the Marine Corps. Its first flight in August 1962 was followed by a change in designation to CH-46A. Fleet introduction of CH-46As with the Marines and the Navy's UH-46As in November 1964. The UH-46A variant was modified for use in the vertical replenishment role. The CH-46A was equipped with a pair of T58-GE8-8B turboshaft engines rated at 1,250 shp (930 kW) each and could carry 17 passengers or 4,000 pounds (1,815 kg) of cargo. The USMC received 160 CH-46As and the US Navy acquired 24 UH-46As.

Production of the improved CH-46D followed with deliveries beginning in 1966. Its improvements included modified rotor blades and more powerful T58-GE-10 turboshaft engines rated at 1,400 shp (1,040 kW) each. The increased power allowed the D-model to carry 25 troop or 7,000 pounds (3,180 kg) of cargo. A total of 266 CH-46Ds were produced. Also, approximately 12 CH-46As were upgraded to CH-46Ds. The Navy received 10 UH-46Ds for ship resupply.

The Marines also received 174 CH-46Fs from 1968 to 1971. The F-model retained the D-model's T58-GE-10 engines but revised the avionics and included other modifications. The CH-46F was the final production model with the last helicopter being the 524th H-46 produced. The Sea Knight has undergone upgrades and modifications. Most USMC Sea Knights were upgraded to CH-46E standard. The CH-46E features fiberglass rotor blades, airframe reinforcement, and further uprated T58-GE-16 engines producing 1,870 shp (1,390 kW) each. Some CH-46Es have been given doubled fuel capacity. The Dynamic Component Upgrade (DCU) incorporated starting in the mid-1990s provides for increased capabilities through strengthened drive systems and rotor controls.

The commercial variant, the BV 107-II, was first ordered by New York Airways in 1960. They took delivery of their first three aircraft, configured for 25 passengers, in July 1962.

In 1965, Boeing Vertol sold the manufacturing rights of the 107 to Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Under this arrangement, all Model 107 civilian and military aircraft built in Japan are known as KV 107.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS PELELIU (LHA 5) Dec. 26, 2001 -- A CH-46 helicopter approaches the flight deck of USS Peleliu (LHA 5). USS Peleliu is the flagship of an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photograph by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Greg Messier.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS PELELIU (LHA 5) Dec. 26, 2001 -- A CH-46 helicopter approaches the flight deck of USS Peleliu (LHA 5). USS Peleliu is the flagship of an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photograph by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Greg Messier.

On December 15, 2006, Columbia Helicopters, Inc acquired the type certificate for the Boeing Vertol 107-II, and is in the process of acquiring a Production Certificate from the FAA. Plans for actual production of the aircraft have not been announced.

Design

The CH-46 has tandem contrarotating rotors that were powered by two GE T58 turboshaft engines. The engines are mounted on each side of the rear rotor pedestal with a driveshaft to the forward rotor. The engines are coupled so either could power both rotors in an emergency. The rotors feature three blades and could be folded for on-ship operations.

The CH-46 has a cargo bay with a rear loading ramp that could be removed or left open in flight for extended cargo or for parachute drops. A belly sling hook could be attached for carrying external cargo. It has a crew of three. A pintle-mounted 0.50 in (12.7 mm) Browning machine gun was mounted on each side of the helicopter for self-defense. Service in southeast Asia resulted in the addition of armor with the guns.

The CH-46 has fixed tricycle landing gear, with twin wheels on all three units. The gear configuration causes a nose-up stance to facilitate cargo loading and unloading. The main gear are fitted in rear sponsons that also contained fuel tanks with a total capacity of 350 US gallons (1,438 L).

Operational history

Military

Known colloquially as the "Phrog", and used in all Marine combat and peacetime environments since its introduction. Still regularly flown by the Marine Corps, its longevity as a reliable airframe has led to such mantras as "phrogs phorever" and "never trust a helicopter under 30".

CH-46E Sea Knights were used by the USMC during its 2003 invasion of Iraq. CH-46Es transported personnel, brought supplies to forward arming and refueling points (FARP), carried ammunition and various tasks. Marine CH-46Es and CH-53Es carried US Army Rangers and Special Operations troops in a mission to rescue captured Army Private Jessica Lynch on 1 April 2003.

While the United States Navy retired the airframe on September 24, 2004, replacing it with the MH-60S Knighthawk, the Marine Corps plans to maintain its fleet until the MV-22 is fully fielded. In March 2006 Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 (HMM-263) was deactivated and redesignated VMM-263 to serve as the first MV-22 squadron. The replacement process is expected to continue through the other medium helicopter squadrons into 2014.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 8, 2005) – A U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron One Six Six (HMM-166), prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is currently conducting deck-landing qualifications off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Zack BaddorfCH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 8, 2005) – A U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron One Six Six (HMM-166), prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is currently conducting deck-landing qualifications off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Zack Baddorf

Civilian

The Civilian version, the BV 107-II Vertol was developed prior to the military CH-46, and was operated commercially by New York Airways, Pan American World Airways and currently solely by Columbia Helicopters. As of December 15, 2006 Columbia Helicopters has purchased the Type certificate of the Model 107 from Boeing. Currently the company is seeking FAA issuance of a Production Certificate to produce parts with eventual issuance of a PC to produce aircraft.

Variants

US versions

Total U.S. H-46 production amounted to 524, ending in 1971.

Model 107

Company model number.

Model 107-II

The third YHC-1 prototype was converted into a commercial airline helicopter. All subsequent commercial aircraft were produced as BV 107-II.

Model 107M

Military transport prototype for the United States Marine Corps.

YHC-1A

Three Model 107s for test and evaluation by the United States Army. Adopted by the United States Marine Corps as the HRB-1. Later redesignated YCH-46C. Three built.

YHC-1B

Were not Model 107s but five Model 114s that later became the CH-47A Chinook

HRB-1

Original designation before being renamed as CH-46A before delivery under the 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system

CH-46A

Assault, utility medium transport and SAR helicopter for the USMC, fitted with two 935-kW (1,250-shp) General Electric T58-GE-8 turboshaft engines. (Previously HRB-1). 164 built.

UH-46A

Utility medium transport helicopter for the United States Navy. Similar to the CH-46A. 14 built.

HH-46A

A small number of HH-46As were converted into SAR helicopters for the United States Navy base rescue role.

RH-46A

A small number of CH-46As were converted into minesweeping helicopters for the US Navy.

UH-46B

Development of the CH-46A to specification HX/H2 for the United States Air Force; cancelled

YCH-46C

YHC-1A redesignated in 1962.

CH-46D

Assault and utility medium transport helicopter for the USMC, fitted with two 1044-kW (1,400-shp) General Electric T58-GE-10 turboshaft engines. 266 built.

HH-46D

A small number of UH-46Ds were converted into SAR helicopters.

UH-46D

Utility transport helicopter for the US Navy combat supply role. Similar to the CH-46D. 10 built and one conversion from CH-46D.

CH-46E

Approximately 350 -D and -F airframes were updated to CH-46E standards with improved avionics, hydraulics, drive train and upgraded T58-GE-16 engines.

HH-46E

A small number of CH-46Es were converted into SAR helicopters.

CH-46F

Improved version of CH-46D, electrical distribution, com/nav update BUNO 154845-157726. Last production model in the United States. 186 built

VH-46F

VIP transport helicopter.

CH-46X

Also known as the Boeing Model 360, this Advance Technology Demonstrator from the 1980s never entered production. The aircraft relied heavily on composites for its construction and had a beefier drive train to handle the twin Avco-Lycoming AL5512 engines (4200shp).

Canadian versions

CH-113 Labrador

Search and rescue version of the Model 107-II-9 for the Canadian Forces Air Command. 18 built.

CH-113A Voyageur

Assault and utility transport version of the Model 107-II-9 for the Canadian Forces. 12 built.

Swedish Versions

Hkp 4A

Boeing Vertol 107-II, used originally by Air Force for SAR. (10),

Hkp 4B

Boeing Vertol 107-II-15, Navy (3)

HKP 4C

Kawasaki KV-107-II-16, Navy (8)

HKP 4D

Rebuilt Hkp 4A for SAR/ASW (Navy) (4)

Japanese versions

KV-107II-1 (CT58-110-1)

Utility transport version.

KV-107II-2 (CT58-110-1)

Commercial airline version.

KV-107IIA-2 (CT58-140-1)

Improved version of the KV-107/II-2.

KV-107II-3 (CT58-110-1)

Minesweeping version for the JMSDF, 3 built.

KV-107II-3A (CT58-IHI-10-M1)

Uprated version of the KV-107/II-3.

KV-107II-4 (CT58-IHI-110-1)

Assault and utility transport version for the JGSDF.

KV-107II-4A (CT58-IHI-140-1)

Uprated version of the KV-107/II-4.

KV-107II-5 (CT58-IHI-110-1)

Long-range SAR version for the JASDF.

KV-107II-5A (CT58-IHI-104-1)

Uprated version of the KV-107II-5A.

KV-107II-7 (CT58-110-1)

VIP transport version.

KV-107II-16

HKP 4C for Swedish Navy. Powered by Rolls-Royce Gnome H.1200 turboshaft engines.

KV-107IIA-17 (CT58-140-1)

Long-range transport version for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, 1 built.

KV-107IIA-SM-1 (CT58-IHI-140-1M1)

Firefighting helicopter for Saudi Arabia.

KV-107IIA-SM-2 (CT58-IHI-140-1M1)

Aeromedical and rescue helicopter for Saudi Arabia.

KV-107IIA-SM-3 (CT58-IHI-140-1M1)

VIP transport helicopter for Saudi Arabia.

KV-107IIA-SM-4 (CT58-IHI-140-1M1)

Air ambulance helicopter for Saudi Arabia.

Specifications (CH-46)

General characteristics

* Crew: 4: 2 pilots, 1 crew chief, 1 aerial gunner/observer
* Capacity: 25 troops
* Length: 45 ft 8 in fuselage (13.92 m
* Fuselage width: 7 ft 3 in (2.2 m))
* Rotor diameter: 51 ft (16 m)
* Height: 16 ft 8.5 in (5.1 m)
* Disc area: 4,100 ft² (380 m²)
* Empty weight: 15,537 lb (7,047 kg)
* Loaded weight: 17,396 lb (7,891 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 24,300 lb (11,000 kg)
* Powerplant: 2× General Electric T58-GE-16 turboshafts, 1,870 shp (1,400 kW) each

Performance

* Maximum speed: 165 mph (145 kn; 265 km/h)
* Combat radius: 184 mi (160 nmi, 296 km)
* Ferry range: 420 mi (360 nmi, 676 km)
* Service ceiling 14,000 ft (4,300 m)
* Rate of climb: 2,045 ft/min (10.4 m/s)
* Disc loading: 4.2 lb/ft² (21 kg/m²)
* Power/mass: 0.215 hp/lb (354 W/kg)

Armament

* Guns: 2× XM218 .50 BMG (12.7 x 99 mm) machine guns (optional), 1 Ramp mounted M240G 7.62 x 51 mm machine gun (optional)

More photos:

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Camp Rhino, Afghanistan (Dec. 2, 2001) -- A United States Marine Corps. CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter lands on the desert landing strip code named “Rhino.” Rhino is a forward-base of operations strategically located inside Afghanistan. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Greg Messier.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Camp Rhino, Afghanistan (Dec. 2, 2001) -- A United States Marine Corps. CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter lands on the desert landing strip code named “Rhino.” Rhino is a forward-base of operations strategically located inside Afghanistan. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Greg Messier.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Talofofo, Guam (November 16, 2001) -- A Jump Master from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five (EODMU 5) yells instructions to crew members to make ready for a static-line jump during a training exercise aboard a CH-46 “Sea Knight” assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5). U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Marjorie McNameeCH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Talofofo, Guam (November 16, 2001) -- A Jump Master from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five (EODMU 5) yells instructions to crew members to make ready for a static-line jump during a training exercise aboard a CH-46 “Sea Knight” assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5). U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Marjorie McNamee

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group (OCT. 19, 2001)-- The guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) maneuvers just aft of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during a replenishment at sea. A CH-46D "Sea Knight" from the "Gunbearers" of Helicopter Support Squadron One One (HC-11) delivers ordnance to the aircraft carrier. Carl Vinson and her embarked carrier air wing are conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographers Mate Airman Inez LawsonCH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group (OCT. 19, 2001)-- The guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) maneuvers just aft of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during a replenishment at sea. A CH-46D "Sea Knight" from the "Gunbearers" of Helicopter Support Squadron One One (HC-11) delivers ordnance to the aircraft carrier. Carl Vinson and her embarked carrier air wing are conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographers Mate Airman Inez Lawson

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS PELELIU (LHA 5) Dec. 26, 2001 -- A CH-46 helicopter approaches the flight deck of USS Peleliu (LHA 5). USS Peleliu is the flagship of an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photograph by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Greg Messier.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS PELELIU (LHA 5) Dec. 26, 2001 -- A CH-46 helicopter approaches the flight deck of USS Peleliu (LHA 5). USS Peleliu is the flagship of an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photograph by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Greg Messier.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Dec. 19, 2001 -- An Aviation Ordnanceman is helped by an aircrewman to secure crates to a CH-46 “Sea Knight” hovering over the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis. Stennis and her accompanying battle group are deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class James A. Farrally II.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Dec. 19, 2001 -- An Aviation Ordnanceman is helped by an aircrewman to secure crates to a CH-46 “Sea Knight” hovering over the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis. Stennis and her accompanying battle group are deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class James A. Farrally II.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: A CH-46 helicopter assigned to the Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5) embarked with the Military Sealift ship USNS Niagara Falls (TAF-3), conducts late evening vertical replenishment operations with the U.S. Navy's forward deployed aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV 62), March 24, 1996. The Independence was recently moved closer to the island of Taiwan, as a show of military presence during live fire war games by China in the Taiwan Straits. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Airman Dennis CantrellCH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: A CH-46 helicopter assigned to the Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5) embarked with the Military Sealift ship USNS Niagara Falls (TAF-3), conducts late evening vertical replenishment operations with the U.S. Navy's forward deployed aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV 62), March 24, 1996. The Independence was recently moved closer to the island of Taiwan, as a show of military presence during live fire war games by China in the Taiwan Straits. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Airman Dennis Cantrell

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: KANDAHAR (December 30, 2001) -- A U.S. Marine Aircrewman directs a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter to park at a forward operating base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. U.S. Sailors and Marines are in Afghanistan operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Johnny Bivera, Fleet Combat Camera AtlanticCH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: KANDAHAR (December 30, 2001) -- A U.S. Marine Aircrewman directs a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter to park at a forward operating base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. U.S. Sailors and Marines are in Afghanistan operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Johnny Bivera, Fleet Combat Camera Atlantic

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) Jan. 10, 2002 -- Aircrew show the pilot of the CH-46 “Sea Knight” from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6), that all of the chocks and chains have been removed prior to launch. Bataan is currently on a scheduled deployment and is conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class John TaucherCH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) Jan. 10, 2002 -- Aircrew show the pilot of the CH-46 “Sea Knight” from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6), that all of the chocks and chains have been removed prior to launch. Bataan is currently on a scheduled deployment and is conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class John Taucher

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) Jun. 21, 1997 -- An CH-46 "Seahawk" from Helicopter Composite Squadron Eight (HC-8) rides into the morning sun. HC-8 is attached to the USS Seattle (AOE 3). The USS George Washington (CVN 73) is commanded by Captain Lindell G. Rutherford. George Washington and the Seattle are participating in training exercises in preparation for a major deployment. U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate 3rd Class Joseph Hendricks.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) Jun. 21, 1997 -- An CH-46 "Seahawk" from Helicopter Composite Squadron Eight (HC-8) rides into the morning sun. HC-8 is attached to the USS Seattle (AOE 3). The USS George Washington (CVN 73) is commanded by Captain Lindell G. Rutherford. George Washington and the Seattle are participating in training exercises in preparation for a major deployment. U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate 3rd Class Joseph Hendricks.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) Feb. 12, 2002 -- A U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E “Sea Knight” helicopter returns aboard ship for refueling operations, while an AV-8B “Harrier” assigned to the “Blue Knights” of Marine Helicopter Medium Squadron Three Six Five (HMM-365) prepares for launch. Bataan and elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC) are conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Johnny Bivera.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) Feb. 12, 2002 -- A U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E “Sea Knight” helicopter returns aboard ship for refueling operations, while an AV-8B “Harrier” assigned to the “Blue Knights” of Marine Helicopter Medium Squadron Three Six Five (HMM-365) prepares for launch. Bataan and elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC) are conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Johnny Bivera.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Mar. 6, 2002 -- A plane handler on the flight deck directs a CH-46 “Sea Knight” during a weapons transfer with USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Kennedy and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) are relieving the Roosevelt Battle Group and will be conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Catherine Kee.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Mar. 6, 2002 -- A plane handler on the flight deck directs a CH-46 “Sea Knight” during a weapons transfer with USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Kennedy and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) are relieving the Roosevelt Battle Group and will be conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Catherine Kee.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) Mar. 14, 2002 -- A CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter approaches the flight deck to deliver ordnance during a weapons onload. Kitty Hawk is conducting scheduled sea trials and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan, as the U.S. Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John E. Woods.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) Mar. 14, 2002 -- A CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter approaches the flight deck to deliver ordnance during a weapons onload. Kitty Hawk is conducting scheduled sea trials and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan, as the U.S. Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John E. Woods.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Mar. 26, 2002 -- A pair of CH-46E “Sea Knight” helicopters assigned to the “Gunbearers” of Helicopter Composite Support Squadron One One (HC-11) work in unison during a vertical replenishment at sea (VERTREP). HC-11 is embarked aboard Bonhomme Richard conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Spike Call.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Mar. 26, 2002 -- A pair of CH-46E “Sea Knight” helicopters assigned to the “Gunbearers” of Helicopter Composite Support Squadron One One (HC-11) work in unison during a vertical replenishment at sea (VERTREP). HC-11 is embarked aboard Bonhomme Richard conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Spike Call.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Mar. 19, 2002 -- Aviation Boatswain Mate 1st Class Bobby Tilly from Colorado Springs, CO, assigned to Air Department flight deck division (V-1), assists a CH-46 “Sea Knight” during a weapons onload. Kitty Hawk is conducting work-ups in preparation for an upcoming extended underway period, and is the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John E. Woods.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Mar. 19, 2002 -- Aviation Boatswain Mate 1st Class Bobby Tilly from Colorado Springs, CO, assigned to Air Department flight deck division (V-1), assists a CH-46 “Sea Knight” during a weapons onload. Kitty Hawk is conducting work-ups in preparation for an upcoming extended underway period, and is the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John E. Woods.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Juneau (LPD 10) Apr. 8, 2002 -- An Aviation Boatswain’s Mate directs a Marine Corps CH-46 “Sea Stallion” as it leaves the ship’s flight deck. The Juneau, part of the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and the Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are conducting the semi-annual amphibious integration training exercise known as “Blue-Green Workups. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Wes Eplen.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Juneau (LPD 10) Apr. 8, 2002 -- An Aviation Boatswain’s Mate directs a Marine Corps CH-46 “Sea Stallion” as it leaves the ship’s flight deck. The Juneau, part of the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and the Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are conducting the semi-annual amphibious integration training exercise known as “Blue-Green Workups. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Wes Eplen.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Hue City (CG 66) Apr. 4, 2002 -- A CH-46 helicopter from the “Chargers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6) prepares to pick up a pallet of supplies aboard the guided-missile crusier USS Hue City. HC-6 is deployed aboard the fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3) conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Spike Call.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Hue City (CG 66) Apr. 4, 2002 -- A CH-46 helicopter from the “Chargers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6) prepares to pick up a pallet of supplies aboard the guided-missile crusier USS Hue City. HC-6 is deployed aboard the fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3) conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Spike Call.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 199) Mar. 7, 2002 -- A CH-46 “Sea Knight” from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Three (HC-3) approaches the aft flight deck on board the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Guadalupe during routine training. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Kennedy.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 199) Mar. 7, 2002 -- A CH-46 “Sea Knight” from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Three (HC-3) approaches the aft flight deck on board the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Guadalupe during routine training. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Kennedy.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) May 17, 2002 -- Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Brian Uitts from Omaha, NE, hooks an ammunition container to a CH-46 "Sea Knight" helicopter assigned to "Gunbearers" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron One One (HC-11) during a weapons transfer with the ammunition ship USNS Shasta (T-AE 33). John C. Stennis and its embarked Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) have been conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and are en route to her homeport in San Diego, CA. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Michael Geary.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) May 17, 2002 -- Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Brian Uitts from Omaha, NE, hooks an ammunition container to a CH-46 "Sea Knight" helicopter assigned to "Gunbearers" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron One One (HC-11) during a weapons transfer with the ammunition ship USNS Shasta (T-AE 33). John C. Stennis and its embarked Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) have been conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and are en route to her homeport in San Diego, CA. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Michael Geary.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Seattle (AOE 3) May 8, 2002 -- A CH-46D “Sea Knight” assigned to the “Nomads” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6) Detachment Four delivers cargo from USS Seattle during an underway replenishment with USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Seattle and HC-6 Detachment Four supply the Kennedy battle group and other coalition forces operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Jim Hampshire.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Seattle (AOE 3) May 8, 2002 -- A CH-46D “Sea Knight” assigned to the “Nomads” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6) Detachment Four delivers cargo from USS Seattle during an underway replenishment with USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Seattle and HC-6 Detachment Four supply the Kennedy battle group and other coalition forces operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Jim Hampshire.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Hat Yao Beach, Thailand (May 28, 2002) -- A U.S. Marine CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit flies over seven Royal Thai Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) as they head toward Hat Yao Beach during a combined amphibious landing force exercise (CALFEX). The exercise is part of Cobra Gold 2002. Cobra Gold 2002 is the 21st U.S. Pacific Command exercise conducted in Thailand demonstrating the ability of U.S. Forces to rapidly deploy and conduct Joint-combined operations with the Thai and Singaporean armed forces. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Wes Eplen.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Hat Yao Beach, Thailand (May 28, 2002) -- A U.S. Marine CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit flies over seven Royal Thai Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) as they head toward Hat Yao Beach during a combined amphibious landing force exercise (CALFEX). The exercise is part of Cobra Gold 2002. Cobra Gold 2002 is the 21st U.S. Pacific Command exercise conducted in Thailand demonstrating the ability of U.S. Forces to rapidly deploy and conduct Joint-combined operations with the Thai and Singaporean armed forces. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Wes Eplen.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Hat Yao Beach, Thailand (May 28, 2002) -- Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit fast rope out of a CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter while participating in a combined amphibious landing force exercise (CALFEX). The exercise is part of Cobra Gold 2002. Cobra Gold 2002 is the 21st U.S. Pacific Command exercise conducted in Thailand demonstrating the ability of U.S. Forces to rapidly deploy and conduct Joint-combined operations with the Thai and Singaporean armed forces. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Wes Eplen.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Hat Yao Beach, Thailand (May 28, 2002) -- Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit fast rope out of a CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter while participating in a combined amphibious landing force exercise (CALFEX). The exercise is part of Cobra Gold 2002. Cobra Gold 2002 is the 21st U.S. Pacific Command exercise conducted in Thailand demonstrating the ability of U.S. Forces to rapidly deploy and conduct Joint-combined operations with the Thai and Singaporean armed forces. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Wes Eplen.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) Jul. 19, 2002 -- Sailors stand by on the flight deck as a CH-46 "Sea King" helicopter assigned to the “Dragonwhales” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eight (HC-8) delivers a pallet of supplies transferred from the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP). VERTREPs are used to quickly transfer munitions and supplies from one ship to another. The Washington is relieving the Kennedy to maintain continual support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class David C. Lloyd.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) Jul. 19, 2002 -- Sailors stand by on the flight deck as a CH-46 "Sea King" helicopter assigned to the “Dragonwhales” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eight (HC-8) delivers a pallet of supplies transferred from the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP). VERTREPs are used to quickly transfer munitions and supplies from one ship to another. The Washington is relieving the Kennedy to maintain continual support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class David C. Lloyd.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) -- A CH-46D “Sea Knight” from the “Nomads” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6) transfers cargo from USS John F. Kennedy to USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the two Battle Groups conduct a vertrep (vertical replenishment) during turnover. Kennedy and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) are being relieved by Washington and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17). The Washington Battlegroup will continue conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Jim Hampshire.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) -- A CH-46D “Sea Knight” from the “Nomads” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6) transfers cargo from USS John F. Kennedy to USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the two Battle Groups conduct a vertrep (vertical replenishment) during turnover. Kennedy and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) are being relieved by Washington and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17). The Washington Battlegroup will continue conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Jim Hampshire.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Apra Harbor, Guam (Nov. 7, 2001) -- Crew members aboard a U.S. Navy submarine, conduct an Emergency Personnel Transfer Hoist training exercise with a CH-46 "Sea Knight" helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5). U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Marjorie McNamee.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Apra Harbor, Guam (Nov. 7, 2001) -- Crew members aboard a U.S. Navy submarine, conduct an Emergency Personnel Transfer Hoist training exercise with a CH-46 "Sea Knight" helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5). U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Marjorie McNamee.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) Aug. 19, 2002 -- A CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter assigned to the "Dragon Whales" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eight (HC-8) lifts a damaged aircraft engine from the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73), during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP), for transport to the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Supply. The engine will be shipped to Norfolk for major repairs. George Washington and her battle group are on a six-month deployment conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class David C. Lloyd.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) Aug. 19, 2002 -- A CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter assigned to the "Dragon Whales" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eight (HC-8) lifts a damaged aircraft engine from the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73), during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP), for transport to the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Supply. The engine will be shipped to Norfolk for major repairs. George Washington and her battle group are on a six-month deployment conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class David C. Lloyd.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Tarawa (LHA 1) -- A CH-46 "Sea Knight" helicopter hovers over the amphibious assault ship's flight deck, creating a down-wash of air measured by anemometers below (lower left center). The equipment was set up by a team of scientists who are aboard USS Tarawa to conduct tests and gather information designed to improve the safety of the V-22 “Osprey” aircraft, a next-generaltion aircraft under development for future deployment on amphibious ships. U.S. Photo by Chief Journalist W.R. Polson.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Tarawa (LHA 1) -- A CH-46 "Sea Knight" helicopter hovers over the amphibious assault ship's flight deck, creating a down-wash of air measured by anemometers below (lower left center). The equipment was set up by a team of scientists who are aboard USS Tarawa to conduct tests and gather information designed to improve the safety of the V-22 “Osprey” aircraft, a next-generaltion aircraft under development for future deployment on amphibious ships. U.S. Photo by Chief Journalist W.R. Polson.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea with the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) Oct. 23, 2002 -- A CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter carries supplies to the Mobile Bay during a replenishment at sea (RAS) with the USS Camden (AOE 2). The Mobile Bay is on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf regions. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Aaron Peterson.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea with the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) Oct. 23, 2002 -- A CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter carries supplies to the Mobile Bay during a replenishment at sea (RAS) with the USS Camden (AOE 2). The Mobile Bay is on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf regions. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Aaron Peterson.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Nassau (LHA 4) Nov. 7, 2002 -- The LSE (Landing Signal Enlisted) crewmember guides a U.S. Navy CH-46 “Sea Knight” assigned to “Hustlers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC-6) to a safe landing during flight quarters conducted aboard the amphibious assault ship, while operating off the coast of Djibouti, in Eastern Africa. USS Nassau is home based in Norfolk, Va., and is on a six-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Nassau is home ported in Norfolk, Va., and is on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment in the Central Command area of responsibility, conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy Photograph by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Nassau (LHA 4) Nov. 7, 2002 -- The LSE (Landing Signal Enlisted) crewmember guides a U.S. Navy CH-46 “Sea Knight” assigned to “Hustlers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC-6) to a safe landing during flight quarters conducted aboard the amphibious assault ship, while operating off the coast of Djibouti, in Eastern Africa. USS Nassau is home based in Norfolk, Va., and is on a six-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Nassau is home ported in Norfolk, Va., and is on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment in the Central Command area of responsibility, conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy Photograph by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Nov. 16, 2002 -- Two CH-46D “Sea Knights” from the "Gunbearers" of Helicopter Support Squadron One One (HC-11) pass each other during a Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) at sea involving the Carl Vinson and the combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1). Carl Vinson is currently underway off the South Western California coast conducting training in preparation for their next scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Ryan Jackson.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Nov. 16, 2002 -- Two CH-46D “Sea Knights” from the "Gunbearers" of Helicopter Support Squadron One One (HC-11) pass each other during a Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) at sea involving the Carl Vinson and the combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1). Carl Vinson is currently underway off the South Western California coast conducting training in preparation for their next scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Ryan Jackson.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Dec. 11, 2002 -- A CH-46 "Sea Knight" hovers over the ship's flight deck during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) evolution. Kitty Hawk is providing a forward presence in the Asia/Pacific region, conducting training and exercises with regional allies. Kitty Hawk is the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Todd Frantom.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Dec. 11, 2002 -- A CH-46 "Sea Knight" hovers over the ship's flight deck during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) evolution. Kitty Hawk is providing a forward presence in the Asia/Pacific region, conducting training and exercises with regional allies. Kitty Hawk is the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Todd Frantom.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2003) -- Marines assigned to the "Red Dragons" of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron Two Six Eight (HMM-268) based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., prepare their CH-46 "Sea Knight" helicopters for "shrink wrapping" prior to loading on Military Sealift Command container ships, during deployment preparations. The entire aircraft will be covered in a plastic material and heated to temperatures up to 2,000 degrees to shrink the plastic around the aircraft. The procedure is designed to protect the aircraft from dirt and corrosion during transit. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael D. Kennedy.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2003) -- Marines assigned to the "Red Dragons" of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron Two Six Eight (HMM-268) based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., prepare their CH-46 "Sea Knight" helicopters for "shrink wrapping" prior to loading on Military Sealift Command container ships, during deployment preparations. The entire aircraft will be covered in a plastic material and heated to temperatures up to 2,000 degrees to shrink the plastic around the aircraft. The procedure is designed to protect the aircraft from dirt and corrosion during transit. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael D. Kennedy.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Saipan (LHA 2) Jan. 13, 2003 – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate assigned to the Air Department, V-1 division safely lands a CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter while conducting missions in the Atlantic Ocean. Navy and Marine Corps units are responding to deployment orders received to support the war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Kyle T. Voigt.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Saipan (LHA 2) Jan. 13, 2003 – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate assigned to the Air Department, V-1 division safely lands a CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter while conducting missions in the Atlantic Ocean. Navy and Marine Corps units are responding to deployment orders received to support the war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Kyle T. Voigt.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) Jan. 3, 2003 -- Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Kropp prepares to launch the CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter from the main deck of the amphibious command ship. Mount Whitney and her embarked Marine detachment are deployed to the Horn of Africa region conducting missions in support Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Scott Phillips.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) Jan. 3, 2003 -- Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Kropp prepares to launch the CH-46 “Sea Knight” helicopter from the main deck of the amphibious command ship. Mount Whitney and her embarked Marine detachment are deployed to the Horn of Africa region conducting missions in support Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Scott Phillips.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea with USS Carl Vinson (Jan. 20, 2003) --Two CH-46D “Sea Knights” assigned to the “Gunbearers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eleven (HC-11) transfer crates of supplies from aboard USS Sacramento (AOE 1) to the Carl Vinson during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP). Carl Vinson is operating in the Southern Pacific Ocean conducting training missions in preparation for their next scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Dustin Howell.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea with USS Carl Vinson (Jan. 20, 2003) --Two CH-46D “Sea Knights” assigned to the “Gunbearers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eleven (HC-11) transfer crates of supplies from aboard USS Sacramento (AOE 1) to the Carl Vinson during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP). Carl Vinson is operating in the Southern Pacific Ocean conducting training missions in preparation for their next scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Dustin Howell.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Jan. 20, 2003 -- A CH-46D “Sea Knight” assigned to the “Gunbearers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eleven (HC-11) hovers over the flight deck of the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1) as it prepares to transfer supplies to the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP). Sacramento is part of the Carl Vinson Battle Group, operating in the Southern Pacific Ocean conducting training missions in preparation for their next scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Bob Meeker.CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: At sea with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Jan. 20, 2003 -- A CH-46D “Sea Knight” assigned to the “Gunbearers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eleven (HC-11) hovers over the flight deck of the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1) as it prepares to transfer supplies to the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP). Sacramento is part of the Carl Vinson Battle Group, operating in the Southern Pacific Ocean conducting training missions in preparation for their next scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Bob Meeker.

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