The United States Marines Corps said farewell to its final CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, nicknamed Battle Phrog, during a ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton in California on Thursday 9 April. New MV-22 Ospreys replace the old helicopters of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 (HMMT-164).
The retirement of HMMT-164’s helos marks the end of over 50 years of USMC Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight operations. The type first flew in 1962 and since served in every major conflict the US was involved in. The type was often mistaken for its bigger brother, the CH-47 Chinook.
The US Navy also used the Sea Knight but retired its last in 2004 already, replacing it with the MH-60S Sea Hawk. For the USMC, the MV-22 Osprey was the choice. The new tilt rotor is already in use with several USMC squadron.
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Featured image (top): A United States Marine Corps CH-46, seen here in October 2000. (Image © Elmer van Hest)