U.S. Navy uses fleet of commercial helicopters

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Thomas Tate, from Houston, commences a hot pump to the Eurocopter EC225LP helicopter assigned to the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) on the flight deck of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62).

The U.S. Navy has reported the new footage that showed that it uses a civil registration helicopter fleet in support of aircraft carriers and other warships.

The Scramble Magazine was first to report that the civil registered helicopter fleet operated on behalf of U.S. Naval Forces.

The publication drew attention to the recently published photo, said that at it showing see two EC225LPs (or also known as H225) operated by Air Center Helicopters Inc. performing vertical replenishment on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).

“ACHI owns a fleet of seventeen repurposed H225s, ten of which are in service with the US Armed Forces,” the Scramble Magazine message states.

These aircraft are currently in operation with the U.S. Armed Forces for passenger transport, Special Operations Forces training, vertical replenishment and casualty evacuation missions.

“Today these 10 civilian helicopters are on contract performing military missions for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army in three countries and two oceans. In a short amount of time, they have already accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours,” said Rod Tinney, CEO of Air Center Helicopters Inc in October.

ACHI’s helicopters were specially configured to meet the Navy’s strict requirements for offshore flying, tactical navigation, and communications. They were used for personnel and cargo transfers between ships, took part in radar tracking exercises, and recovered aerial gunnery targets.

“Thanks to ACHI’s innovative approach, these civil aircraft have been swiftly put back in service for new missions with military customers, making their H225 fleet among the world’s largest,” also added Christoph Zammert, Executive Vice President of Customer Support & Services at Airbus Helicopters.

The H225 is a twin engine helicopter that belongs to the famous SUPER PUMA /COUGAR family. Over 979 units, with total flight time in excess of 5,480,300 Flight Hours have been delivered to date, both for serving governmental (military and paramilitary …read more

Read more here:: Defence Blog (Naval)

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