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US Air Force Deploys New HH-60W Jolly Green Combat Rescue Helicopter to Japan

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US Air Force Deploys New HH-60W Jolly Green Combat Rescue Helicopter to Japan

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US Air Force Deploys New HH-60W Jolly Green Combat Rescue Helicopter to Japan
US Air Force Deploys New HH-60W Jolly Green Combat Rescue Helicopter to Japan

The Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II combat rescue helicopters from the 55th Rescue Generation Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, arrived at their new duty station, Kadena Air Base, Japan, January 26, 2024. The HH-60W is the successor to the HH-60G “Pave Hawk” and built on the established framework of the UH-60M “Black Hawk” production model. Alternatively known as the “Whiskey” model, the HH-60W is designed from the ground up with integrated mission systems that improve situational awareness for aircrews conducting the combat search and rescue missions in contested environments.

“These models are the new standard for combat search and rescue operations for PACAF and nationwide. All HH-60G models will be replaced on Kadena,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Bryan Donnelly, 718th AMXS, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit production superintendent.

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“The new avionics systems and multifunctional displays provide the pilots with critical flight data. These new models will improve our continued search and rescue missions throughout the Pacific,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Anthony Canlas, 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron HH-60 dedicated crew chief.

An HH-60W Jolly Green II assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron arrives at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2024. The HH-60W is designed from the ground up with integrated mission systems and features new multi-function displays to provide pilots with critical flight information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan R. Sifuentes)
An HH-60W Jolly Green II assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron arrives at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2024. The HH-60W is designed from the ground up with integrated mission systems and features new multi-function displays to provide pilots with critical flight information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan R. Sifuentes)

The HH-60W Jolly Green II is a result of the development of the HH-60G “Pave Hawk” and built upon the existing and proven framework of the UH-60M “Black Hawk” production model. The HH-60W received its name as the “Jolly Green II” during a ceremony in February 2020, honoring the Jolly Green crews of previous generations who established the excellence and capability expected of the USAF combat rescue crews today. The name “Jolly Green II” designated to the HH-60W was coined in a ceremony in February of 2020. It honors Jolly Green crews of previous generations who set the precedent for the AF combat rescue crews who operate today.

The HH-60W is intended for a variety of mission critical operations to include recovering isolated personnel from hostile or denied territory, day or night, in adverse weather, and in a variety of threat environments from terrorist to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. Its capabilities also include humanitarian missions, civil search and rescue, disaster relief, medical evacuation, and non-combatant evacuations. With water rescues being an ever-present reality for Okinawa, these new aircraft will allow Kadena Airmen to be better equipped to save not just American lives, but also Okinawan lives.

Service members with the 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit and 718th Aircraft Maintenance Unit offload two HH-60W Jolly Green IIs at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2024. The HH-60W is designed from the ground up with integrated mission systems and features new multi-function displays to provide pilots with critical flight information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan R. Sifuentes)
Service members with the 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit and 718th Aircraft Maintenance Unit offload two HH-60W Jolly Green IIs at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2024. The HH-60W is designed from the ground up with integrated mission systems and features new multi-function displays to provide pilots with critical flight information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan R. Sifuentes)

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