NORFOLK (NNS) -- The "Dragon Whales" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 conducted rescue operations training with the staff of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, April 16.
The exercise was designed to familiarize Sentara hospital security personnel and trauma team members with the Navy H-60 helicopter, as well as safe loading and unloading procedures.
"We average 200 helicopter landings per month from hospital pilots, Coast Guard, and Navy," said Denise Baylous, a flight nurse at Sentara. "This type of training provides important information we need for our crew."
The training also provided the Navy pilots and aircrew with valuable insight on the arrival, departure, and communication procedures for executing a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) at Sentara.
"One of our biggest concerns when landing at Sentara are the obstructions in the flight path," said Lt. j.g Brittany Harris, a helicopter pilot and mission commander for the flight. "This gives us the opportunity to learn the area and be familiar with what to expect during a MEDEVAC."
The HSC-28 pilots and aircrew involved with the exercise intend to hold training for the squadron to distribute procedures and lessons learned, as well as pass training information to the other HSC search and rescue officers. This initial exercise also set a precedent for accomplishing future training at Sentara.
"This is something we would like to continue," said Harris. "The more Sailors we can train, the more prepared we are, the more beneficial it is for our squadron."
For more news from Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, visit www.navy.mil/local/comnavairlant/.