US Navy Legend class coast guard ship USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) conducted an exercise in the Black Sea on April 30, 2021. The Yavuz class TCG Turgutreis (F-241) frigate, affiliated to the Turkish Naval Forces, participated in the exercise conducted in the Black Sea. TCG Turgutreis first performed a transition exercise with USCGC Hamilton. The said ships carried out cross-platform helicopter exercises after the transition exercise. Helicopters of both countries landed on the helicopter pad of the ships during the flights during the exercise.
Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter connected to TCG Turgutreis landed on the helicopter pad of USCGC Hamilton. Taking off from the runway of USCGC Hamilton, the Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphin helicopter affiliated with the US Coast Guard Command landed on the runway of TCG Turgutreis. It was stated that the aforementioned exercises were carried out to improve the communication and ship handling capabilities of both ships.
Captain Timothy Cronini, commander of the USCGC Hamilton ship, on exercises conducted in the Black Sea, “It was a great honor to work with the Turkish Navy today. They (Turkish Navy) are seafarers who are committed to keeping sea transport safe. We look forward to more interactions like this one to strengthen our partnership and common interests in the maritime environment. “ made statements.
USCGC Hamilton is the first coast guard ship under the US Coast Guard Command to visit the Black Sea since 2008. The last US Coast Guard ship to visit the Black Sea before USCGC Hamilton was USCGC Dallas (WHEC 716). USCGC Dallas visited the Black Sea twice, in 1995 and 2008.
The US Ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, welcomed the exercise, “We are pleased that the US Coast Guard Command has returned to the Black Sea. Cooperation between the US and Turkish forces improves our ability to work together to advance our common security interests in the region. The United States and Turkey will continue to be together as NATO Allies. " He made statements.
Bell UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter
Bell UH-1 Iroquois general purpose helicopter, nicknamed "Huey", is a helicopter powered by turboshaft engine. Powered by a single turboshaft engine, the helicopter has a two-bladed main rotor and a tail rotor. Bell UH-1 was developed by Bell Helicopter in 1952 to meet the medical evacuation and general purpose helicopter needs of the US Army. The UH-1956, which made its first flight in 1, is the first helicopter produced for the US military to be powered by a gas turbine engine. It is stated that more than 1960 thousand units of the helicopter have been produced since 16.
Bell UH-1 and its different versions; It is used by various countries including Brazil, USA, UK, Canada, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Turkey for civil and military purposes. It can be configured for a range of functions such as passenger transport, cargo transport, training and rescue missions, as well as missions such as casualty transport, continental transport.