The Seasprite (fig. 8-56), an ex-utility helicopter, is
now serving in the LAMPS (light airborne multipurpose
system) program with the destroyer Navy.
CH-53D Sea Stallion
The Sea Stallion (fig 8-57) tows and operates
various mine countermeasure devices designed to
detect and neutralize submerged naval mines. CH-53D
squadrons are capable of rapid worldwide deployment.
The Seahawk SH-60B (fig. 8-58) is placed aboard
frigates and destroyers. The Seahawk is the airborne
platform segment of the LAMPS Mk III weapons
system. It can carry personnel as well as weapons to
detect, localize, and destroy submarines at long range. It
is designed to be in constant voice and data link contact
with the ships CIC. In addition to its primary mission of
Figure 8-54.Representative types of rotary-wing aircraft.
Photograph courtesy of PHAN Mahaya Jordan
Figure 8-55.CH-45 Sea Knight transports ordnance from
flight deck of the USS Independence (CV 62).