New Black Hawks ship-in, legacy birds ship-out

| February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Black Hawk shown in the main cargo bay of the MV Jean Anne. The challenge for the keen observer is to determine if this is a new UH- or HH-60 being offloaded or a legacy UH-60 A or L model being loaded. Post your observation in the comments below.

A Black Hawk shown in the main cargo bay of the MV Jean Anne. The challenge for the keen observer is to determine if this is a new UH- or HH-60 being offloaded or a legacy UH-60 A or L model being loaded. Post your observation in the comments below.

Story and photos by
Donna Klapakis
599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR—The end of a long wait for inbound helicopters came for the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, after the offload of new Black Hawks from the ship MV Jean Anne, here, Feb. 12.

“This is the last evolution of the new equipment, the UH-60M model,” said John Manahane, 599th Transportation Bde. traffic management specialist. “Today, they offloaded the final 14 of 45 combined. This movement started with the first evolution in September. A1_599th-Trans_Port-Ops_002_V_w

“This completes the fielding and transfer of ownership from the Aviation and Missile Command to the 25th CAB,” Manahane added.

After offloading the new helicopters, the 209th Avn. Support

Battalion helped load 23 of the CAB’s legacy UH-60A and -L models onto the Jean Anne for retrograde to the mainland for further disposition.

“This kind of joint operation requires very careful coordination,” said Manahane, who was acting as liaison for all groups as part of his single-port manager duties. “We have the CAB, which supports the actual loading and offloading of its helicopters; the Fleet Logistics Center, Pearl Harbor, which is providing the facility; and our commercial shipping industry, which provides the transport.”

In addition to fulfilling single-port manager duties at Pearl

Harbor, the 599th Trans. Bde. also conducted leadership professional development for any personnel who could attend during the port operations.

“Leadership development is always a good thing to do, not only for NCOs and officers, but for the civilian workforce, too,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Claudia Shakespeare, 599th Trans. Bde. senior enlisted advisor. “This was a great opportunity to take our workforce out to see and hear how our missions are conducted. Having a vessel dock, and helicopters loading and unloading, improved everyone’s firsthand knowledge of what we do.”

 Newest model Black Hawk helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, await their trip to Wheeler Army Airfield after being offloaded from the Jean Anne during port operations, Feb. 12.

Newest model Black Hawk helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, await their trip to Wheeler Army Airfield after being offloaded from the Jean Anne during port operations, Feb. 12.

“This was a combination of a commercial ship at a Navy port with Army Soldiers supporting loading and offloading their equipment,” said Daniel “Danny” Martinez, 599th Trans. Bde. deputy director of operations. “From my perspective, the leadership development was useful to see how all of the teams come together to work as one.”

Manahane said the Jean Anne arrived at Pearl Harbor at 7:30 a.m., and the first piece of cargo was offloaded at 8:35 a.m. The final pieces were loaded at 4:45 p.m., and the ship departed at 5 p.m.

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