Easy Model EM37090 USN Sikorsky SH-60F Sea Hawk Helicopter - RA-19 of HS-10 (1:72 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The Sikorsky MH-60G/HH-60G Pave Hawk is a twin turboshaft engine helicopter in service with the United States Air Force. It is a derivative of the UH-60 Black Hawk and the US Air Force PAVE electronic systems program. The HH/MH-60 is a member of the Sikorsky S-70 family.
The MH-60G Pave Hawk's primary mission is insertion and recovery of special operations personnel, while the HH-60G Pave Hawk's primary mission is combat search and rescue (CSAR) of downed pilots. Both versions conduct day or night operations into hostile environments. Because of its versatility, the HH-60G may also perform peace-time operations. Such tasks include civil search and rescue, emergency aeromedical evacuation (MEDEVAC), disaster relief, international aid, counter-drug activities and NASA space shuttle support.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a USN Sikorsky SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter that was attached to HS-10.
Rotor Span: 9 inches
Release Date: December 2010
Historical Account: "Indian Country" - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Six was commissioned on June 1, 1956 aboard the USS Princeton (CVS-37) midway between Formosa and Okinawa. Initially, the squadron flew the HO4S, but two years later transitioned to the new SH-34 and gained a new mission, anti-submarine warfare. In March of 1962 the squadron again changed aircraft when the SH-3H Sea King arrived. The Sea King, incorporating upgrades over the years, would take HS-6 through the 1980s.
Along the way, the squadron built a history and reputation worthy of the name, "World Famous Indians". HS-6 participated in the recovery of Mercury Program Astronauts Wally Schirra in 1962, and Gordon Cooper in 1963. In 1966, in support of American strikes into Vietnam, the Indians rescued 16 downed aviators. In 1971, the Indians recovered the crew of Apollo 14 returning from the moon. In 1974, the squadron began to deploy on aircraft carriers, with its first CV cruise on the USS Constellation (CV-64). In 1975, HS-6 participated in the recovery of the Apollo-Soyuz crew. HS-6 joined the Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11)/USS Enterprise (CVN-65) team in 1981. HS-6 and CVW-11 continued to deploy aboard USS Enterprise until 1989 when the team finished with an around the world cruise. On that cruise, HS-6 won the first ever Destroyer Squadron 21 "Order of the Pummeled Dolphin" for excellence in anti-submarine warfare.
In 1990, the squadron transitioned to Sikorsky's SH-60F and HH-60H helicopters. The SH-60F provides substantially improved anti-submarine detection and tracking capabilities, while the HH-60H is the most advanced and first carrier based Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) platform. Armed with these two new and potent weapons, the HS-6 Indians completed deployments onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), operating in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf. Most recently, the Indians took part in Operation Enduring Freedom. The squadron supported CVW-11 as it flew combat sorties over Afghanistan, and provided CSAR coverage for Pakistan and Afghanistan. To this end, the Indians, along with the HS-11 Dragonslayers, stood up a CSAR detachment on a forward air base in Pakistan, establishing the first long term, HS CSAR detachment since Vietnam.