SH-60B ends 30 years of service as USN transitions to MH-60R

Marina Malenic, Washington, DC – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The US Navy (USN) on 11 May marked the retirement of the Sikorsky SH-60B Sea Hawk anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California.

The SH-60B fleet is ending 30 years of service, with more than 3.6 million flight hours completed in support of operations and training during that time, the navy said in a statement.

The SH-60B first deployed with a Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 43 detachment aboard guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) in 1985, according to the navy. The last active-duty detachment returned from a seven-month deployment aboard guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) on 17 April.

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