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Additional tasks for the Sea Knight include combat support, search and rescue, support for forward refueling points and Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel.






The Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King is a twin-engine anti-submarine warfare helicopter designed and built by Sikorsky Aircraft. It was the world's first amphibious helicopter and one of the first rotorcraft to use turboshaft engines.






The Sea King was the primary helicopter for retrieving manned space capsules starting with Mercury-Atlas 7 in May 1962 and continued with the Apollo program.



Besides manned recovery, the Sea King could also deploy dipping sonar and other sound surveillance systems.



During the Vietnam War, SH-3s rescued the crews of downed aircraft at sea and over land, using self-sealing fuel tanks, machine guns and armor. The Sea King was also used for medical evacuations and disaster relief efforts.



The C-1 Trader was built as an anti submarine airplane. It used anti-submarine weapons, carrying any one of a number of devices that are intended to act against a submarine and its crew, to destroy the vessel or reduce its capability as a weapon of war. In its simplest sense an anti-submarine weapon is usually a projectile, missile or bomb that is optimized to destroy submarines.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s the C-1 Trader carried mail and supplies to aircraft carriers on station in the Pacific Ocean during the Vietnam War and also served as a trainer for all-weather carrier operations.






A tailhook, arresting hook, or arrester hook is a device attached to the rear of some military fixed-wing aircraft. The hook is used to achieve rapid deceleration during routine landings aboard aircraft carrier flight decks at sea, or during emergency landings or aborted takeoffs at properly equipped airports. The arresting cables the hooks grab onto during recovery only last 100 landings before they are replaced. Each arresting cable is 1500 feet long.


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