HH-60H Rescue Hawk
• Strike rescue • Gull War participants • US Coast Guard service
Based upon the SH-60B Seahawk, the HH-60H is a specialised combat rescue variant. Entering service in 1990 it has proved highly effective, giving the US Navy a much-needed dedicated rescue helicopter. Two detachments from HCS-4 and -5 took part in Operations Desort Shield and Desert Storm, whore the HH-60s flow a total of more than 750 mission hours. The US Coast Guard also took delivery of a rescue Seahawk, known as the HH-60J.
▼ Air force rescue
Like the Navy, the US Air Force also operates a Feet of roscue variants based on the UH-60 Black Hawk. Those foaturo retractable refuelling probes.
▼ Close co-operation
Since 1991 Roscue Hawks have been deployed aboard comers, alongside SH-60F Ocean Hawks providing additional and useful rescue capability.
A Coast guard variants
I Besides the US Navy, the Coast Guard also operates a fleet of machines known as HH-60J Jayhawks. These have no armament.
◄ Unsung heroes
Although perhaps lacking tho glamour o1 their naval counterparts, tho Coast Guard Jayhawks have an important rote and are often used on anti-drug smuggling missions oft the south-eastern USA and around the Bahamas.
FACTS AND FIGURES
► During tho Gulf War tho two HH-60H detachments remained combat-ready 95 por cent оГ the time.
► Both the airframe and tho engines are shared with the SH-60F Ocoan Hawk.
► Surviving aircraft are being upgraded with defensive armament.
> First operational deployment of tho HH-60H took place In 1990. when HS-2 took the type aboard USS Nimitz.
> US Coast Guard HH-OOJs have grentor endurance than their Navy counterparts.
> Forward looking infra-red turrets have been fitted to the HH-OOs in recent yoars.