Military

US Military Roundup: A Week in Photos

By S.L. Fuller | March 17, 2017

Attack, Heavylift

It would be difficult to keep track of all the different operations that U.S. military rotorcraft do in one week. But these photos from the week of March 11 to 17 just about sums it up. From sitting on display, to undergoing maintenance to conducting training, U.S. Defense keeps its helicopters busy, even when they're not performing combat operations.

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion sits on the flightline at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, March 11, 2017, during the 2017 NAF El Centro Airshow. The CH-53 is the heaviest and largest helicopter used in the U.S. military, capable of carrying 16 tons of cargo or enough Marines for combat or humanitarian missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kirby Turbak/Released)

The King on Display

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion sits on the flightline at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, on March 11 during the 2017 NAF El Centro Airshow. The Sikorsky CH-53 is the heaviest and largest helicopter used in the U.S. military, capable of carrying 16 tons of cargo or enough Marines for combat or humanitarian missions. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

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170311-N-OS584-011 SAN DIEGO (Mar. 11, 2017) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Taylor Adam of Helicopter Squadron Combat 3 is completing final maintenance on an MH60-S helicopter on the flightline at Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jimmie Crockett/Released).

Getting Under the Blades

Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Taylor Adam of Helicopter Squadron Combat 3 is completing final maintenance on a Sikorsky MH60-S Seahawk on the flightline at Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, California, on March 11. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

A UH-1 Huey with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 269 lands during a cold weather exercise at Fort Drum, N.Y., March 13, 2017. HMLA-269 participated in the cold weather training to develop skills and better prepare the unit for extreme weather conditions. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Zachary M. Ford)

Cold Huey

A Bell Helicopter UH-1 Huey with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 269 lands during a cold-weather exercise at Fort Drum, New York, March 13. HMLA-269 participated in the cold weather training to develop skills and better prepare the unit for extreme weather conditions. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance Battalion), 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct routine maintenance on an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter during maneuvers training exercise at 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, March 15, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathanael Mercado)

Climb On

U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance Battalion), 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct routine maintenance on a Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter during maneuvers training exercise at 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, on March 15. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army

U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance Battalion), 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, observe the 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area from the tailgate of a CH-47F Chinook during maneuvers training exercise, Germany, March 15, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathanael Mercado)

Tailgating Chinook-Style

U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance Battalion), 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, observe the 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area from the tailgate of a Boeing CH-47F Chinook during maneuvers training exercise, Germany, March 15. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army

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