US Navy, April 27, 2015 - PODGORICA, Montenegro by 6th Fleet Public Affairs – The “Ghostriders” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Detachment 1, conducted bilateral training with Montenegrin forces in Podgorica, Montenegro, April 20-23.
The training focused on MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter operations and maintenance practices, as well as the search-and-rescue procedures used by the Navy, in an effort to improve the Montenegrin military’s knowledge of maritime search-and-rescue operational structure and missions.
The Ghostriders flew from Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, across the Adriatic Sea to Podgorica, Montenegro, and worked with U.S. embassy staff and Montenegrin military members for two days.
The training from HSC-28 included lectures from pilots and aircrew, hands-on static display, naval maintenance training from maintenance personnel, and a question-and-answer session about search-and-rescue, squadron organization, and naval aviation operations.
The Ghostriders also conducted a search-and-rescue demonstration at Skadar Lake with Montenegrin air force pilots aboard HSC-28 Knighthawks as passengers to help further showcase basic U.S. search-and -rescue procedures.
The end-goal of the training was to foster U.S.-Montenegrin relations, support Montenegrin air forces’ efforts to implement a search-and-rescue program, and to increase capability for civilian and military mariners operating within Montenegro’s territorial waters, and to help prepare Montenegro to join NATO.
HSC-28, deployed to Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.