U.S. Marines committed to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365 (reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) carries out an external lift training with CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter.
During training, U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron have moved and lifted an AV-8B Harrier engine off the flight floor of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan LHD 5.
The CH-53E Sea Stallion, one of the heaviest helicopters in the U.S. Military fleet. CH-53E heavy lifter allows the U.S. Marine Corps to maneuver troops, food, mail, supplies, and equipment from vessel to coast, and higher altitude region, more rapidly and effectively than ever before.
The heavy-lift helicopter of the Marine Corps can carry a 26,000-pound Light Armored Vehicle, 16 tons of cargo 50 miles and back, or sufficient combat-loaded Marines to steer an attack or humanitarian mission.
Though powerful enough to lift every plane in the Marine stock except the KC-130, the CH-53E Super Stallion is thick enough to deploy on amphibious attack ships and has the armament, speed, and agility to pass as much more than a heavy lifter.
26th MEU’s Marines and Sailors are assigned to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of missions in support of maritime security practices to reassure allies and associates and preserve the freedom of travel and the free movement of commerce in the territory.