December 12, 1979 marked the first flight of the US Navy’s Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk.

Derived from the Army’s UH-60 Blackhawk the Navy uses the Seahawk in a variety of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, search and rescue, replenishment, mine detection and medical evacuation. It entered service for the Navy on 22 June 1989.

Watch Navy Rescue Swimmers Jump From Seahawk

Navy H-60’s all carry a rescue hoist which is always handy to pull a downed aviator out of the water. They also have a hinged tail section to give it a smaller footprint for shipboard operations.

The MH-60S is the first Navy helicopter to have a glass cockpit with four digital monitors. It can be equipped with a nose mounted forward looking infrared (FLIR) turret to be used in conjunction with hellfire missiles as well as carrying machine guns for self defense. Up to three torpedoes can also be fitted on the aircraft and the AGM-119 “Penguin” anti-ship missile.

Watch Navy Seahawk Fire a Hellfire Missile