MARINE CORPS AIR STATION KANEOHE BAY --
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 conducted several flights from Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay to Bradshaw Airfield on the Island of Hawaii, delivering ammunition supplies to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, March 12, 2014.
The HMH-463 Marines have played a significant role in 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment’s ongoing exercise, Operation Spartan Fury, by delivering supplies to and from both of the islands.
On Wednesday, the Marines delivered approximately 15,000 pounds of ammunition to Bradshaw Airfield via a single CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft over the course of two trips. During each trip, they delivered between 7,000 to 8,000 pounds for each load.
The squadron’s mission is to provide assault support transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment during joint, combined or expeditionary operations, and to be on alert for immediate employment in support of Marine Air-Ground Task Force operations.
“We usually carry a lot more than we did on the first load, but this was a good time for us to get more guys extra flight time,” said Cpl. Andrew Applegarth, an aerial observer with HMH-463. “We deliver cargo to different locations around Hawaii because that’s one of the things we do as a squadron, and this was a pretty common flight.”
Once on the Big Island, Scarface personnel met the Pegasus Marines at the landing zone to help the crew unload the ammunition. The Marines lined up the pallets just right so the forklift could easily pick them up to move them outside the aircraft.
“As a heavy operations unit, it’s our mission to support 3rd Marine Regiment and our sister units on the airfield,” said Capt. Jacob Zaborowski, the aviation life support system officer in charge with HMH-463. “So if we get a request from them to transport cargo or anything of that nature, we do the best we can to help them out so they can continue on with their mission.”
After unloading all of the ammo at the landing zone, the Super Stallion took off and flew back to MCAS Kaneohe Bay to quickly refuel and load up the second load of ammo.
Since designated at MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HMH-463 continues to be the only heavy helicopter squadron in the Pacific operating region for the Marine Corps.