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Stunning video will bring you aboard a NASWI MH-60S during sea, land and mountain SAR missions

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) Search and Rescue (SAR) as you have never seen it before.

Tasked to be the first responder for the aircraft and personnel stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and to support Washington State agencies in case of emergencies, medical evacuations and search and rescue activities, NAS Whidbey Island SAR  is a one of a kind rescue unit, equipped with the MH-60S “Knighthawk” helicopters.

The team, consisting of three helicopters, 10 pilots, 10 rescue aircrewmen and 3 SAR Medical Technicians (SMT’s) is “the premier in Navy Search and Rescue:” personnel of NASWI are highly trained in day and night both overwater and mountain rescue including helicopter rappel and hoist, and mountain landing.

For SAR missions, the unit typically maintains either a 15-minute or a 30-minute alert posture.

This video, provides an insight into what NASWI SAR does, bringing you aboard MH-60S during land, sea and mountain operations.

H/T David J. Ljung for the heads-up