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Old 06-25-2019, 05:57 AM
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Sorry for the bad pics but it was sunny and we were moving. Anybody have a clue of what would they be towing? This was in the Chesapeake Bay where they regularly do training exercises.

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Old 06-25-2019, 05:59 AM
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I think it's a RIB pushing the helo.
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Sonar array for minesweeping and such. The MH-53 is a beast.
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looks different than the mine countermeasures sled that i remember when i was on active duty, but that was nearly 20 years ago....
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Looks like they are moving pretty good in the picture. How fast do you think they are moving?
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yeah...mine countermeasures sled... https://pilotonline.com/news/militar...50ad3f61c.html
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:08 AM
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They were not moving very fast but it was coming right at us until we took corrective measures. I was surprised to see them without any support on the water such as the Coast Guard.
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MCM and/or ASW
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:54 AM
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yeah...mine countermeasures sled... https://pilotonline.com/news/militar...50ad3f61c.html
That looks like what we saw. I hope they were just practicing.
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...them pesky Iranians again I betcha...
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I was just part of a project where there were three MH-53's towing a multi-beam sonar array looking for inert (practice) mines. Our job was to set a variety of mines, but not tell the helos exactly where they were. Their job was to find them within a large grid. We set them in 65' to 90' of water. We're scheduled to go retrieve them in a month or so. Problem is, we're right on the edge of the shrimping grounds which means the shrimp trawls may have towed the mines off the mark, literally in any direction. We do a 30 minute search then report the mine as lost and then the contractor will have to write it down as a loss.

Crazy stuff. The MH-53 up close is damned impressive. When we were setting mines, we had to scramble everything to get out where one of the helos got a "transmission failure warning light" and when that happens they cut away the $2 million towed sonar array. Instead of setting mines that morning we had to blast out and find the towed array instead. Found it in 20 minutes and waiting for the recovery ship. Passing the cable to the ship for recovery got dammed hairy for a few minutes.
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Here's three of the four styles of mines we were deploying.
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cool pics!
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
yeah...mine countermeasures sled... https://pilotonline.com/news/militar...50ad3f61c.html
Interesting link. As a maintenance manager I found the "1 hour of flight requires 35 hours of maintenance time" amazing.
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It was very impressive seeing it coming down the bay right at us. Living in Norfolk Va area we have seen just about everything military that they do on the water but this was a first. The large navy hoover crafts are also cool when you see 3 or 4 heading down the bay.
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Don't have anything else to say other than that is an awesome pic and must have been a hell of a sight in person.
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Was first thinking ASW, but I figure the noise from the sled and noise from the chopper would be a problem. Also hard to practice with real subs in the bay.
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guys had day off and were tubing...
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Man I regret not joining the navy back in the day. I'm 2 years past the age limit now, this stuff looks fun though. Cool pics!
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