Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Shane Hempfield signals the pilot of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter to launch from the flight deck of the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) on 5 January 2014. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group with the 5th Fleet in the Arabian Gulf. Image taken on 5 January 2014 (Image Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Preston Paglinawan © US Navy)

More money into 37 US Navy Seahawks

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Shane Hempfield signals the pilot of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter to launch from the flight deck of the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) on 5 January 2014. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group with the 5th Fleet in the Arabian Gulf. Image taken on 5 January 2014 (Image Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Preston Paglinawan © US Navy)
Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Shane Hempfield signals the pilot of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter to launch from the flight deck of the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) on 5 January 2014. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group with the 5th Fleet in the Arabian Gulf. Image taken on 5 January 2014 (Image Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Preston Paglinawan © US Navy)

The US Navy will put more money into its Sikorsky Seahawk maritime helicopter program. On 9 January 2014 another almost 550 million US dollars was released to fund 18 MH-60S and 19 MH-60R choppers. It’s an addition to the framework deal for a total of 916 UH-60/MH-60s for the US Army, US Navy and foreign military sales announced on 11 July 2012.

The 37 USN machines that will be constructed with the newest funding are all planned to have entered service at the latest on 31 December 2015. Work will be done at the Sikorsky plant in Stratford, Connecticut.

The MH-60S is the more transport and special mission version of the popular maritime helicopter. It is designed for vertical replenishment (VERTREP), combat search and rescue (CSAR), special warfare support and airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) missions. It can conduct anti-surface warfare (ASUW), but for that role some 298 MH-60R Seahawks already ordered by the US Navy are better suited. The Romeo version is the primary anti-submarine and anti-surface helicopter. They replace the older SH-60B and SH-60F in use.

Source: US DoD / Sikorsky