Fri, Nov 20, 2009
Iconic Orange Helo Well Known In Coastal Communities
The Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter celebrated its 25th
birthday Thursday. The service accepted the HH-65A Dolphin
helicopter for service on Nov. 19, 1984.
The Dolphin has served the Coast Guard well, and they have
another 18 years to go in service before they will be replaced
under the Deepwater program. By the end of October, the service had
moved 48 of the upgraded MH-65Cs through their third segment
of upgrades. The biggest change is a new engine that provides 40
percent more power and offers greater reliability. The helicopters
also have new weapon mounts.
How's that for a birthday gift.
The Military Times reports the MH-65Ds began in-flight testing
in March. They will be equipped with a new flight navigation
system, which is common to DOD helicopters and replaces the current
compass, gyro systems and GPS system.
When the $901 million upgrade is finished in 2017, the Dolphins
also will have equipment that will allow them to be secured and
transferred to the hangars of the new national security
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