Sikorsky S-61 H-3

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.




List of Operators of Sikorsky RH-3A Sea King


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




Construction Numbers

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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
14nov64
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+
14dec65
unk source/date pictured as RH-3A type /GF-43 VC-8
redesig UH-3A, 31mar72
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
6oct64
conv to UH-3A, 28mar72
61-006 1959 US 147142 : hss-2 Sikorsky S-61A c/n 61-006 ff 1959; del USN as XHSS-2 14+
14dec65
conv to UH-3A, 1apr72
61-008 1959 US 147144 : hss-2 USN YHSS-2; redesig SH-3A; conv to RH-3A; w/o 21sep71
14dec65
09jan69 deployed aboard USS Catskill (MCS-1) to HC-7 De+
w/o 21sep71 attached to Barking Sands Pacific Missile R+
61-010 1959 US 147146 : hss-2 USN YHSS-2, redesig SH-3A 1962; 1989 UH-3A type; 1991+
6may66
conv to UH-3A, 1apr72
1990 PMRF Barking Sands was great fun making the Movie!
61-016 US 148038 : hss-2 USN HSS-2 148038 d/d HS-1 18sep62; Oct62 redesig SH-3A;+
6oct64
conv to UH-3A, 28mar72
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.
6oct64
09jan69 deployed aboard USS Catskill (MCS-1) to HC-7 De+
conv to UH-3A, 28mar72
61-019 US 148041 : hss-2 USN; YHSS-2; conv UH-3A; conv HMX-1 VH-3A ?
12oct64
conv to UH-3A, 28mar72
conv to UH-3A, 28mar72
10 C/N.


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