The SH-60B Seahawk is an anti-submarine helicopter developed from the UH-60A Blackhawk for the U.S. Navy to replace the SH-2 Seasprite. Development began in the late 1970s with the prototype’s first flight occurring in 1979. The helicopter features several changes from the U.S. Army’s Blackhawk including; more powerful engines, greater fuel capacity, weapons pylons capable of carrying torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, a surface search radar, and 25 sonobuoys. The Seahawk entered service in 1984 and operated primarily from frigates, destroyers, and cruisers. Upgraded versions continue in service with the U.S. Navy and several foreign navies as of 2017.
Helicopter Anti-Submarine (Light) Squadron 49 (HSL-49), Naval Air Station North Island, California, 2011
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