[Photo] CH-53E Super Stallion at night in Afghanistan

The following image shows a lonely CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462) on the ground, during an operation at Forward Operating Base Price, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Dec. 17, 2013.

The gunner on the cargo door seems to be resting, while the chopper awaits to depart.

According to the caption on the U.S. Marine Corps Flickr photostream, the HMH-462 provided aerial support for British forces with Task Force Helmand during an operation in Kharotan.

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.