MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter

Naval Air Crewman 2nd Javier Rosas, from San Mateo, left, and Lt. Garret Smart, from Draper, Utah, conduct a preflight inspection of a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the ‘Blackjacks’ of Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) Squadron 21, prior to flight operations aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18). Charleston, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

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