PALATKA, Fla. — Two Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopters assigned to the “Spartans” of HSM-70 (Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70) rescue a downed civilian aircraft pilot, near the Palatka Municipal Airport on Monday, March 14, 2022.
The two MH-60R Seahawk aircrews were conducting routine training operations when they received a distress call over the international aircraft distress frequency. Both aircraft quickly and successfully located the aircraft and pilot in an inaccessible marsh area near the airport.
“Our crew worked together flawlessly throughout the evolution,” said LT David Frick, Aircraft Commander of the rescuing helicopter. “We train year-round for all types of scenarios and that day the training paid off. We’re glad we could assist a fellow aviator in need.”
The Helicopter Maritime Strike community routinely trains for search and rescue (SAR) as a secondary mission. Although neither helicopter anticipated a rescue mission that day, they are trained to render assistance safely and expertly.
HSM 70 is part of Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic, based out of Mayport, Florida. Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic is responsible for the material readiness and training of eight MH-60R Seahawk squadrons and detachments that deploy on Atlantic Fleet aircraft carriers and air capable ships.
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