Hangin’ Out

by Steve on September 26, 2006

I don’t think I’d like to be the guy at the end of the rope!


Arabian Sea (Sept. 23, 2006) – Explosive Ordnance Disposalmen, attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit SIX (EODMU-6), Detachment 14, are lifted off the flight deck by an HH-60H Seahawk, attached to the “Dragonslayers” of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron One One (HS-11), during a Special Purpose Insertion/Extraction (SPIE) exercise aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). SPIE is a method to rapidly insert or extract Special Forces from terrain not suitable for helicopter landings, in which personnel are suspended from a line attached to a hovering helicopter. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are currently on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Morris (RELEASED)

**UPDATE 09/29/06 21:35**
Lex found a variation of this image shot from below the 60 and he has a caption contest running. My favorite so far: “How far do we have to pull the string to keep the rotors turning?”

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Papa Ray September 26, 2006 at 21:55

If your being inserted, the trick is to unhook and get the hell out of the way, before someone falls on your head.

If your being extracted, the last guy swings the most, kinda like “pop the whip”.

Actually it’s kinda fun, if your not afraid of heights.

Papa Ray
West Texas

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