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HSL-43 "Battlecats"

(Photos by Nancy Wingo)
Nancy and I visited the Battlecats of HSL-43 on December 8, 2009. Our visit was arranged by LTJG Shane Kigin, who said 'Just park in the "Helo Landing Pad' in front of the Battle Cat Cafe". It's a good thing I wasn't driving the Sierra model Mustang or my rear wheel would be off the deck. See the sign next to my car. I've blown it up so you can see it clearly.
Here's the front of the Battle Cat building • I posed with the welcoming party: LTs Allison Fletcher, Josh Kraus, Alyson Ronald, CO CDR John Bushey, and XO CDR Rich Weeden. CDR Bushey excused himself to go fly, and Nancy and I were escorted into the Battle Cat facilities. LT Kraus showed around the hangar and answered our questions.
HSL-43 flies the SH-60B "Seahawk", which is designed to operate as an integral fighting unit aboard specifically configured OLIVER HAZARD PERRY (FFG 7) class Guided Missile Frigates, ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) class Guided Missile Destroyers and TICONDEROGA (CG 47) class Guided Missile Cruisers. What makes the SH-60B different from other helicopters (such as the Army's BLACKHAWK) is its capability to fully integrate with LAMPS capable warships. The Light Airborne Multipurpose System (LAMPS) is part of a complete weapon system.
Battle Cat Seahawks on the tarmac. Designed to operate at extended ranges, the SH-60B performs Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), Under Sea Warfare (USW), Search and Rescue (SAR), Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC), Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP), Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS), and Communications Relay (COMREL).

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