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A Tailhook of a Different Kind The Marines of yesterday probably won't recognize very much in today's modern Marines, other then their shared spirit and esprit de corps. From helicopters to amphibious tanks, today's Marines carry out a myriad of tasks unimagined two centuries ago.
Thus was the setting on December 9th,when a routine training exercise unlike any possible just 50 years earlier was underway. At the time, the twin-engined turbo powered helo, used exclusively by the Marine Corps, the Sea Knight had earned a reputation of safe and effective travel of nearly 40 years of service.
However, this reputation had been put to the test in recent months. A year earlier, there had been two crashes involving Sea Knight helicopters. One killed two sailors in the Mediterranean Sea, and another killed a naval sailor about miles off Borneo.
And a survey conducted by an Ohio newspaper found 71 documented incidents over 11 years of leaks or failures of the hydraulic system of the Sea Knight.
No Matter Where You Go The "fast rope" rappel to board a ship was part of the Special Operations Command's 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's pre-deployment workup cycle for an upcoming six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf, and was being conducted as a joint operation with the Navy SEALS, who were in the water aboard their boats preparing to assault from the sea.
As part of the exercise, the Marines lugged assorted weapons and breaching tools, like pound hammers to break down hatches, and pound torches to cut through locks and latches.
The first of a five helicopter assault, it held half of the 5th Platoon, 1st Reconnaissance Company, of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, also known as the "1st Force Recon". The boarding crew sat on two benches running the length of the helicopter's cabin. The Sea Knight was packed so full, that the First Lieutenant, part of the boarding assault, had to try a sit on an ammunition can.
The helicopter proceeded uneventfully to its designated holding pattern several miles directly astern of the target ship, the USNS Pecos.
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She can carrybarrels of fuel oil at a maximum speed of 20 knots in order to supply needed supplies to frontline naval vessels. At an initial speed of slightly more than mph and an altitude of feet, the helicopter headed toward the ship.
When the helicopter was about a quarter-mile behind the USNS Pecos, Corporal Adam Johns, a member of the flight crew, told one of the pilots that the helicopter was "coming in fast.
Flight Crew Gunnery Sgt. Aboard the Pecos, the chief mate of the vessel, assigned that day as a landing safety officer, saw the helicopter about a hundred yards away from the ship, and began to provide arm and hand signals for the pilots to increase power and altitude.
But he was dressed in white, not the traditional yellow for landing safety officers, so the pilot, Captain James I. Smith, ignored his instructions.
They continued downward, low and fast.
At a routine briefing on the sortie back on the Bonhomme Richard, no one had told them that the designated landing safety officer would be wearing white. Seeing the helicopter coming in hot, a Navy captain, overseeing the operation aboard the Pecos, screamed "Power! No one aboard the Sea Knight heard the instructions, and neither pilot responded.
The landing safety officer began to motion frantically that the helicopter was coming in too low. At the same time, Johns told the pilots, "Looking good and keep driving it in.
Lukehart, who had more than 1, hours of flight time, and Capt. Smith thought that their helicopter was15 to 20 feet above the deck. However, as the helicopter crossed the deck, Johns realized that the aircraft was "losing altitude" and made a call for "power," the first such call that Capt.
Marine Sergeant Robert Evers, who had been sitting in the left rear of the helicopter, heard a thumping sound at the rear of the helo, and thought it must be the sound of the aircraft landing on the deck.
However, in a deviation from standard operating procedures, Sgt. Evers did not look outside the left-side window as the helo descended. Evers had followed the procedure, he would have been the first discover the reality of the situation - the left rear wheel of the helicopter had struck and become entangled in the safety netting at the rear of the Pecos.Return to Manuscript List Return to Navy Department Library Search the Library Catalog.
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The President of the United States takes Pleasure in Presenting the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal to. James Byron Adams. The drawing we enclose is a representation of the boat that effected this destruction [of USS Housatonic], it is not drawn to scale, nor did the original boat contain any engine, the only motive power then available being manual labor It will be seen by the enclosures that the attempt to attain a proper motive power resulted in failure, only about two knots being accomplished.