India’s first two MH-60Rs inducted into naval service

The navies of India and the US marked a historic milestone on July 16, when the first two Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission maritime utility helicopters were inducted into the Indian Naval Fleet during a ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, California.

This milestone was announced by the US Navy on July 22, which said that the “ceremony is part of an ongoing initiative that also includes comprehensive training for Indian aircrew and maintainers on operating and sustaining the MH-60R.” It added that the bilateral initiative is designed to strengthen the “enduring friendship” between the US and India, while enhancing the combined anti-submarine and undersea domain capabilities of both nations.

Indian Navy MH-60R induction NAS North Island 16-07-21 [US Navy/MC2(SW/AW) Sara Eshleman]
A pair of US Navy-operated Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41 (HSM-41) 'Seahawks' conduct a formation fly over at NAS North Island, California, to mark the induction of the first two MH-60Rs into Indian naval service. Note that the right helicopter is carrying the Indian flag, while aircraft on the left is displaying the US flag. US Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman

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