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Citadel News Service
31 Oct 2008

Navy Sea Hawk helicopter to land at The Citadel

A Navy SH-60B Sea Hawk will land on Summerall Field at The Citadel at approximately noon on Thursday, Nov. 6 and remain on campus until approximately 5 p.m.

Campus constituents and visitors are asked to avoid Summerall Field during landing and takeoff. The Sea Hawk will be open to tours for cadets, particularly Navy and Marine contract students.

Aboard the aircraft will be squadron executive officer Cmdr. Christopher Failla, Class of 1991, and Lt. Cmdr. Steven Leehe, father of Cadet Nathan Leehe.

According to the Department of the Navy’s Naval Historical Center, the SH-60B Sea Hawk, which is similar to the U.S. Army’s Black Hawk helicopter, can deploy on any air-capable frigate, destroyer, cruiser, fast combat support ship, amphibious assault ship, or aircraft carrier, and provides all-weather capability for detection, classification, localization, and interdiction of ships and submarines. Its secondary missions include search and rescue, medical evacuation, fleet support, and communications relay.

The Sea Hawk is part of a squadron based in Jacksonville, Fla. In recent years, the squadron has supported diverse operations from counter-drug operations, to Iraqi oil platform security, to escorts through the Straits of Hormuz. It also provided search-and-rescue support to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.

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