Thursday, September 24, 2020

U.S. Marines conduct aerial refueling in Belize

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) announced that CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command conducted aerial refueling with a KC-130J multi-mission tactical tanker from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron234 over Belize, Oct. 30, 2019.

The task force conducted aerial refueling operations with KC-130J Hercules tanker aircraft with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234, according to a recent service news release.

The CH-53E is a versatile machine used for amphibious assault and long-range insertion, delivering troops, vehicles, and supplies. This rapid resupply vehicle is still one of the most used aircraft in the United States military air arsenal.

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The U.S. military’s largest and most powerful helicopter, CH-53E Sea Stallion, is equipped with a refueling probe that provides capable of in-flight refueling from tankers. A Refuel in the air of the military helicopter, which capable carry a Humvee like a handbag,  is an especially difficult and dangerous task that only a few countries can fulfill in the world.

As to the task force, it is conducting training and engineering projects hand-in-hand with partner nation military members in Latin America and the Caribbean during their deployment to the region, which coincides with hurricane season.

Photo by Sgt. Stanley Moy

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