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Picture Of The Day - (Naval Teamwork)


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ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 29, 2011) An SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 practices landing sequences during deck landing qualifications aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marie Brindovas/Released)

Boq

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I hate to questin the professional statements of a [female, not that that has anything to do with it]  "mass communicatgion specialist" but it sure looks like they are rigging the hose to be hoisted up for HIFR (Helicopter In Flight Refueling), not landing on a deck covered with hoses.
 
Greetings:

"Dragon Whales"... ???  Well, I suppose it's better than "Draggin' Tails". 
 
That could be the Lex's boy in the not too distant.

Noted the lack of any intent to land with the hoses all over. If the intent was to land, then some Aviation Boatswains Mate Chief would have a bit of fresh Airman in the Chief's mess that evening.
 
USS Ross, great ship. . .Particularly their last deployment. . .

V/R,
NavyOne
 
...they are rigging the hose to be hoisted up for HIFR...

That's exactly what they're doing. Those are grounding cables the deck crew is straddling, and the blueshirt with the static wand is checking the fuel nozzle's connection to the 'Hawk's hoist cable.

 
Been there as deckhand and pilot on the boat, only it wasn't some jagunga Navy vessel, with a fantail big enough for a Chinook, it was a 24 FOOT Sea Sport Marine Patrol vessel on the Columbia River in 1997 or so. The chopper was a Coastie H-60 variant, and the boat crews got the idea of a 130-kt downdraft QUICKLY. The drill: boat pilot maintains 10-12 knots, just the speed to give max controlability without raising the deep-vee hull out of the water, and the deck crewman shelters behind the cabin overhang, and brings in the cable with the boathook, grounding it onto the metal towing bitt first. The deck crew is prepared to prone out on the deck at all times, and maintains his entire body within the gunwales at all times. The chopper pilot and hoist operator do all the rest. We qualified every crew on station (5 crews) in one afternoon.

It was news at the time, but we were apparently the smallest craft the USCG had ever paracticed personnel transfer to or from. They had never done it in that air wing with smaller than a 41-foot steel-hull River patrol vessel before.

BTW, Boq, more Oregon News: here's the Oregon Army Guard making a tricky 250-foot canyon defile extraction by cable yesterday:

http://www.nwcn.com/news/Rescued--hiker-upgraded-to-fair-condition-126699408.html