Rotor Review Issue 127: Naval Helicopter Search and Rescue: Anyplace, Anytime.
Always operating in a dynamic stateside and deployed environment, the naval helicopter community must continually adapt to better serve our nation by way of changing mission sets and threat levels. As our community continues to adopt and develop our tactical doctrine to support the fleet, we must never lose sight of our need to execute the one mission that is shared among Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps helicopters alike: Search and Rescue (SAR). Igor Sikorsky said it best in his famous quote, "If you are in trouble anywhere in the world, an airplane can fly over and drop flowers, but a helicopter can land and save your life." The only way to ensure those words ring true is to continue to make time to practice and refine our SAR capabilities. No matter the mission, no matter the location, we must always be SAR-capable.
Rotor Review Issue 126: Crossing Interagency Boundaries: Leveraging Partnerships, Operational Prowess, and the Latest Technology to expand Community Horizons.
More often than not, unit level training requires units to develop war-time scenarios to simulate operations with outside entities such as ground personnel, airborne control units, or a unit’s own air wing or strike group assets. Most aviators would probably agree that working with actual entities, vice notional assets, brings a new level of value to the event. The training and operational value of interagency evolutions is certainly high for the individual, but the value extends well beyond the individual crewmembers.