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While Assigned To HC-2 In Va. , the Many UH-3 Helicopters Were all Retired From there days as Submarine Hunters , The cabin’s were all gutted out , To carry Cargo. And since They could transport large things in the Cabin , we were all transported with our tool boxes aboard the Helicopters. The H-2 Helicopters that I once maintained , were used for much the same missions , but had a rather small cabin , just large enough for the 2 Pilots , and 1 Aircrewman. The UH-3’s were used for many assorted assignments . 1 of the Detachments was 4 of the Helicopters forward deployed to the Middle-East. They operate out of the Bahrain Airport , on The Persian-Gulf. That was my first assignment for 9 Months . We maintained the Helicopters , That were used to service USS’s in the area , bringing them mail and cargo , A Much appreciated Treat for sure , as I was once on the receiving end .

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On The Subject Of F.O.D.(Foreign Object Damage) , I Learned Early On As An E-1 , Just How Important The Prevention Of Are Such A Big Deal! Not Only Can The F.O.D. Damage Jet Engines , But The Rotor-Blades Stirred Up The Junk , And Would Send Them Flying , And Anything In Your Face Can Be Rather Dangerous! So When I Went To Sea With H-2’s , The Tiny Flight Deck On The Back Of The Ship Was Not Only A Helo-Pad , But When We Got Stores Delivered , Our Helicopter Was Not Part Of The Operation (Since It Only Had Enough Room In The Cabin For The 2 Pilots And 1 Crewman) , We Stored It In The Hangar.  All Of The Cargo Was Hoisted Onto The Flight-Deck By Helicopters. The Pallets Were Loaded With The Cargo, And Secured With Shrink Wrap , And Nylon Tape. After The Deliveries , We Spent A Few Hours , Cleaning Up The Flight-Deck  , As Most Of The Ship’s Crew Had No Knowledge Of F.O.D.

More To Come…