External Lift Training During WTI 2-23: The CH-53K Makes Its Initial Appearance


U.S. Marine Corps CH-53K King Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, participates in an external lift training exercise during Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 2-23 at Auxiliary Airfield II near Yuma, Arizona, March 28, 2023.

According to the CO of MAWTS-1, Col Purcell: ‘We have a 4-plane detachment of CH-53Ks supporting the WTI course.  They are not producing a WTI student, but are flying in all events using their own WTIs IOT gather data on requirements to support a 4-plane detachment, familiarize other WTI students with 53K capabilities, and increase overall proficiency of the pilots in their ready room.”

WTI is a seven-week training event hosted by MAWTS-1, providing standardized advanced tactical training and readiness, and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.



Photos by Lance Cpl. Ricardo Ramirez

Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1