OFF SOMALIA (EU
NAVFOR) -- EU Naval Force’s flagship,
ESPS Galicia, has two SH-3D Sea King helicopters on board.
The helicopters have wide-ranging capabilities, including over
the horizon surveillance, vertical replenishment (VERTREP),
medical evacuations and crew transfers to other EU Naval Force
During VERTREPs, the helicopter can carry a load up to 1,800
kg (4,000 pounds).
The loads can include supplies, ranging from food, mechanical
equipment, and mail deliveries for the ship and crew.
The main advantage of a VERTREP is that it can deliver stores
without the need for a ship-to-ship connection.
Being fully amphibious and capable of operating under all
weather conditions, the Sea King features many design elements
to support naval-orientated operations, such as the ability to
conduct water landings.
Being completely watertight, it can remain afloat on the
water’s surface for prolonged periods.
For surveillance missions the Sea Kings are fitted with high-tec
equipment that enables a rapid dissemination of information to
other forces in the area.
The presence of EU Naval Force Sea King helicopters off the
coast of Somalia act as a real deterrent to piracy and other
illegal activity at sea.
This helps to keep seafarers and vessels safe as they transit
the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.
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