Piczookery – Fast-roping from a Seahawk

A U.S. Navy Sailor conducts a fast roping exercise from an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) while under way in the Atlantic Ocean Jan. 9, 2007. Bataan is on a regularly scheduled deployment as the flagship of the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group. The Sailor is with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 2, Detachment 24, based out of Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va. The helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Eight. DoD photoby Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremy L. Grisham, U.S. Navy. (Released)

MO just mentioned the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group last night.


  1. Wasn’t the Seahawk’s rear landing gear more forward and vertical? I never knew specifically why, but I assumed it allowed the tail to hang off of a ship. That seahawk seems to have the traditional rear gear placement of the blackhawks. Did they change?

  2. You are thinking SH-60 vice MH-60. ASW birds also have a surface search radar, etc. The MH-60 is the army’s UH-60 with corrosion mods and extra avionics/nav gear for overwater.

  3. No fair I want to be doing that now! Fasr ropeing is so fun I’ve only done it once in boot camp but it was great.