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SH-60 / HH-60H / MH-60 Seahawk
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A U.S. Navy SH-60B landing on USS Abraham Lincoln.
Role Utility maritime helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft
First flight 12 December 1979
Introduction 1984
Status In service
Primary users United States Navy
Royal Australian Navy
Turkish Naval Forces
Spanish Navy
Produced 1979–present
Number built 938
Unit cost US$42.9 million (MH-60R in FY2012)
US$28.1M (MH-60S in FY2012)
Developed from Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
Variants Sikorsky HH-60 Jayhawk
Mitsubishi SH-60

The Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk (or Sea Hawk) is a twin turboshaft engine, multi-mission United States Navy helicopter based on the United States Army UH-60 Black Hawk and a member of the Sikorsky S-70 family. The most significant modifications are the folding main rotor and a hinged tail to reduce its footprint aboard ships.

The U.S. Navy uses the H-60 airframe under the model designations SH-60B, SH-60F, HH-60H, MH-60R, and MH-60S. Able to deploy aboard any air-capable frigate, destroyer, cruiser, fast combat support ship, amphibious assault ship, Littoral combat ship or aircraft carrier, the Seahawk can handle anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), naval special warfare (NSW) insertion, search and rescue (SAR), combat search and rescue (CSAR), vertical replenishment (VERTREP), and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).

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