[Photo] HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during an anti-piracy boarding exercise

The picture in this post shows a U.S. Air Force HH-60G performing a simulated anti-piracy mission with the HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen involved in Operation Ocean Shield, in the Indian Ocean.

The exercise involved a RHIB (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) and two Pave Hawk choppers used to carry Pararescue jumpers and the team that boarded the ship seized by the pirates, took control of it and then evacuated a wounded pirate.

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Image credit: NATO


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