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Saturday, October 1, 2011

CH-53Ds Achieve Rapid Cobra Refueling

Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallions recently completed the first rapid ground refueling of Bell AH-1W Super Cobras in Afghanistan.  Photo by Lance Cpl. Robert R. Carrasco

Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallions with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 have marked a first in Afghanistan. The CH-53Ds successfully performed a rapid ground refueling of two Bell AH-1W Super Cobras. While Marines have utilized this refueling method since the Vietnam War, this marked the first time CH-53Ds were used to refuel in a combat environment. The location of the refuel, Patrol Base Wolfpack, was also another Sea Stallion first. The base is the southernmost point in Afghanistan that a CH-53D has flown.

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