Sikorsky s-61 H-3

1965

RH-3A Sea King


1965





Sikorsky RH-3A Sea King

RH-3A Sea King
Minesweeper helicopter for the US Navy converted from HHS-2/SH-3A by substituting the anti-submarine equipment by a minesweeping gear.

By Ron Milam, HC-7 Historian: The USS Catskill (MCS-1) carried 22 small, mine sweep boats as well as two RH-3A helos, in tow below deck hangars... The helo detachment left the US from HC-5 January 9, 1969... Arriving off the coast of Japan, Feb 1969. The helo crew uploaded on to H-46 from HC-7 Atsugi Japan. (Home base)... The USS Catskill procceded to Sasebo to home port. The mine sweep helos, DET 113, home based at Atsugi, completed MANY detachments aboard Catskill.. I personally was on Det 113 from Jan 1969 to Jan 1970 (I transfered to Combat Rescue helo crew, North Vietnam).. Catskill and helos - demonstrated sweep technics in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Phillippines, Taiwan, Thailand... It is my believe that while the ship cruised and stopped in harbors of Vietnam, the difficulty was the helo flew at 30' above water, at 20 knots.. a beutiful target. From January to August 1970, the Detachment again returned to many of the same countries... Returned to the USA August 1970, the helos were re-assigned to HC-5, NAS Imperial Beach.


Organisations

From Organisation with model RH-3A Sea King
1961
usa US Navy
    s-61 H-3 355 1961/09




Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NYearHistory
61-002 1959 US 147138 : hss-2 Sikorsky S-61A c/n 61-002 ff 1959; del USN as XHSS-2 14+
redesig RH-3A 1968 for Mine Countermeasures mission of +
61-003 1959 US 147139 : hss-2 USN YHSS-2; redesig SH-3A; conv to RH-3A; w/o 08jan72
redesig RH-3A 1968 for Mine Countermeasures mission of +
09jan69 deployed aboard USS Catskill (MCS-1) to HC-7 De+
61-004 1959 US 147140 : hss-2 Sikorsky S-61A c/n 61-004 ff 1959; del USN as XHSS-2 14+
unk source/date pictured as RH-3A type /GF-43 VC-8
Is a static display at the Pacific Missile Range Facili+
61-005 1959 US 147141 : hss-2 Sikorsky S-61A c/n 61-005 ff 1959; del USN as XHSS-2 14+
pictured unk source/date at NAS Point Mugu
61-008 1959 US 147144 : hss-2 USN YHSS-2; redesig SH-3A; conv to RH-3A; w/o 21sep71
09jan69 deployed aboard USS Catskill (MCS-1) to HC-7 De+
w/o 21sep71 attached to Barking Sands Pacific Missile R+
61-016 US 148038 : hss-2 USN HSS-2 148038 d/d HS-1 18sep62; Oct62 redesig SH-3A;+
US ? : Croman Corp 1996-2011, spares
? : Clayton International at Georgia from 2011
US 148038 : 15may15 to Pax Museum
61-018 US 148040 : hss-2 USN; YHSS-2; conv to RH-3A minesweeper.
09jan69 deployed aboard USS Catskill (MCS-1) to HC-7 De+
7 C/N.

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