US Army UH-60 helicopter makes historic landing on JMSDF destroyer

U.S. Army Japan
Courtesy Story

Date: 09.01.2013
Posted: 09.04.2013 21:31
News ID: 113092
Bilateral support

CAMP ZAMA, Japan - A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from U.S. Army Aviation Battalion-Japan based at Camp Zama, Japan, took part in Shizuoka Prefecture’s national disaster training day Sept. 1. <br /> <br /> The helicopter worked in concert with prefectural and local governments, military, and civilian agencies in response to a natural disaster. <br /> <br /> This portion meant transporting a patient from triage to a treatment facility. <br /> <br /> In this case, the training facility happened to be a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship sailing off Japan’s coastline. <br /> <br /> The dummy patient was loaded aboard the helicopter by Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members for airlifting. <br /> <br /> This was the first time that a U.S. Army helicopter has landed aboard a JMSDF ship and marked the progression in training and bilateral cooperation since the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 2011. <br /> <br /> Once aboard the ship, JMSDF medical personnel continued in what would have been stabilizing and continued treatment of the patient in a real-world scenario.