Sizing up the beast: The MH-53E Sea Dragon in action

An MH53E Sea Dragon helicopter from the Blackhawks of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 takes off from the deck off the USS Ponce to conduct mine countermeasures operations as part of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise on May 18, 2013.

The MH-53E Sea Dragon is a beast of a helicopter.

With a rotor diameter of 79 feet, the air displacement on take off can easily knock a person over who dares to stand in its vicinity. It’s capable of carrying 55 troops or up to 32,000 pounds of cargo. It’s primary use is for Airborne Mine Countermeasures, but can also be called upon for assault support, or to deliver personnel and cargo to ships at sea.


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