• Minesweeper • Hostage rescue helicopter • Heavy lift

From the 34th CH-53A Sea Stallion

onwards, all examples of the type were fitted with hardpoints enabling them to deploy towed minesweeping equipment. The US Navy (USN) soon decided that a dedicated minesweeping helicopter was required, and 15 RH-53As were produced by modifying CH – 53As with more powerful engines. These helicopters wore the stopgap before the definitive RH-53D could be introduced.

▼ Rescue bid

Lined up on the deck of USS Nimitz, throe Sea Stallions are prepared for the covert rescue mission Into Iran. Tho holicoptors woro pamtod In a sand scheme.

S-65/RH-53D▲ Personnel transport

Navy crewmen exit from the rear loading ramp of this RH-53D. seen on the flight line at Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. The helicopter has proved very versatile.

Deck operations ►

Crewmen cover an RH-53D to protect the helicopter from the corrosive marine environment.

▼ Agile performer

Despite its high weight and largo site, the helicopter’s manoeuvrability is exceptional.

Joint exercises ►

Operating with tho Spanish navy on joint mineswoeping duties, these two examples are fitted with additional fuel tanks on pylons to increase their sweep area.


► RH-53Ds were deployed to tho Persian Gulf for minesweeping operations in 1987, and In 1991 for Desert Storm.

>■ Minesweeping equipment is towed behind the helicopter on a trapeze.

>■ Towing equipment was installed from the 34th production aircraft onwards.

>• Once brought to the surface, mines are detonated using two door-mounted machine-guns.

>■ Though a dedicated minesweeper, the helicopter also has a transport role.

► Eight RH-53DS were used to fly Into Iran during Operation Eagle Claw in 1980.

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The RH-530 is steadily being removed from tront-lino service. This brightly coloured example belongs to HM-12 serving aboard tho assault ship USS Inchon.


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3 DESERT ONE DISASTER: As helicopter No. З і tied oft it struck the fuselage of a waiting Hercules. Fire immediately broke out. krfcng eight solders, and the mission was aborted.


2 RESCUE BID: As dusk fell, isght pmk – camouftaged RH-53D» lifted off the deck of USS Nurmi and crossed the Iranian coast west of Choh Bahar. en route to Desert One to meet the six C-130s


1THE RESCUE PLAN: A plan was devised to rescue American civilians held hostage in the US Embassy in Tehran. The operation was divided Into three stages.

• .vovor. the catastrophe at Desert One meant that the Tension was aborted at the first phase