Stunning images of U.S. Marines free-fall parachute ops from Black Hawk helicopters

The images in this post, released by the U.S. Marine Corps, show Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducting military free-fall parachute operations from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to Alpha Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB), Montana Army National Guard in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations (possibly in Kuwait, at least based on tags on the image).

What is interesting is that the UH-60 is equipped with with main engine inlet barrier filter system fitted.

UH-60 highlight

The 26th MEU is currently forward-deployed in the Middle East area aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations.

A MEU is made of 2,200 Marines and sailors deployed as a Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) that includes a Marine infantry battalion equipped with tanks, amphibious assault vehicles, light artillery as well as Mv-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, AV-8B Harrier combat planes, UH-1N Huey and AH-1Y Cobra helicopters.

Footage of the UH-60 going down in Mogadishu 20 years ago has emerged lately.


Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.