Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 flies the new Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 takes off after completing a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 flies with an external cargo load during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 flies with an external cargo load during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 is staged on a flight line prior to a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 is staged on a flight line prior to a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Franzen, a heavy equipment operator, Marine Wing Support Squadron 374, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, operates a Light Capability Rough Terrain Forklift during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The Marines were operating as part of the ongoing operational assessment of the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Franzen, a heavy equipment operator, Marine Wing Support Squadron 374, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, operates a Light Capability Rough Terrain Forklift during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The Marines were operating as part of the ongoing operational assessment of the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

Thomas Rivenburgh, flight test engineer, Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 observes U.S. Marines loading cargo onto a Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
Thomas Rivenburgh, flight test engineer, Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 observes U.S. Marines loading cargo onto a Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 prepares to pick up an external cargo load during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 prepares to pick up an external cargo load during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 prepares to pick up an external cargo load during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 prepares to pick up an external cargo load during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 takes off after completing a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 takes off after completing a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 takes off after completing a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 flies with an external cargo load during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 takes off after completing a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 flies with an external cargo load during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 takes off after completing a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 flies with an external cargo load during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Austin Schubert, motor vehicle operator, 1st Landing Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, observes Marines attaching an external cargo load to a Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Austin Schubert, motor vehicle operator, 1st Landing Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, observes Marines attaching an external cargo load to a Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 during a cargo loading and transporting exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 23, 2021. The lifts were part of the ongoing operational assessment of the King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter as the Marine Corps modernizes and prepares for future endeavors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

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