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US Navy – Misc

The following is a list of US Navy helicopters, that were visible on deck or operated to Malta. Occasionally an aircraft may visit in connection with a USN ship in harbour.
        
 


Kaman H-2 Sea Sprite


SERIAL/S SQUADRON SHIP DATE/NOTES
__9017   USS America 01.08.67.
__9771   USS Roosevelt 25.11.67.
__0181/31/HU HC-2 USS Roosevelt 10.04.71
__9770/20   USS Independence 29.01.68. Also seen departing Luqa on 29.06.68. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
__0175   USS Forrestal 19.09.68
150172/56/HT   USS Galveston Made an emergency landing on shore on 23.09.69. Most probably repaired on site. Helicopter was participating in rescue operations after a tanker, the Angel Gabriel, had run aground at Il-Gzira Point, limits of Marsascala due to a severe north-easterly gale.
152200   USS Springfield At Luqa during Jan-Jun 1966.
155204/124/HU HC-2 USS John F. Kennedy 14.01.71

        
 

Si. SH-3 Sea King


SERIAL/S SQUADRON SHIP DATE/NOTES
156499/007/AA HS-11 USS Forrestal 10.01.70
156502/___/AA HS-11 USS Forrestal 10.01.70
156500/000/AA HS-3 USS Forrestal 02.02.71
156503/003/AA HS-3 USS Forrestal 01.02.71
156505/505/AA HS-3 USS Forrestal 08.02.71
132700/443/AT HS-5 USS Wasp 09.02.71, ‘A’ variant.
______/442/AT HS-5 USS Wasp 06.02.71, ‘A’ variant.
        
 


Si. SH-60 Sea Hawk

SERIAL/S SQUADRON SHIP DATE/NOTES
163238/HQ   John L. Hall Ship was in harbour to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the awarding of the George Cross to Malta. Helicopter stayed on board ship.
163595/HP-447 HSL-44 'Swamp Foxes' Simpson FFG 56 Operated flights to Luqa on 15.11.00
164848 HSL-48 Monterey  
166322/41/BR HSC-28 Mount Whitney 28.09.09
166778 HSC-28 Mount Whitney 23.09.11
167847/37/BR HSC-28 Mount Whitney The ship entered Grand Harbour on Sunday morning, 09.02.20. Helicopter type is an MH-60S Knighthawk. (Information courtesy of John Visanich.)
        
 

Various types

AIRCRAFT SERIAL/S SQUADRON SHIP NOTES
?     Donner (LSD 20) 8 helicopters (probably Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw) from this ship stayed at Luqa between 05-13.09.64. Donner would again anchor at Malta with the USS San Marcos LSD-25 in 1967.
B/V UH-46A 150967 Hutron 4 Sylvannia At Luqa during Jan-Jun 1966.
B/V CH-46 Sea Knight 152492 HC-6/DET.86 Concord Helicopter noted on ship when in Grand Harbour. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
B-V CH-46 153411/10/HW   Concord Noted on 25.10.69
D. A-1 Skyraider       Noted on Park 4 on 17.05.67. No other details known. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
D. EA.1F Skyraider 132506/752 VAQ-33 John F. Kennedy Arrival date unknown, but departed on 22.11.69. Ship had not entered harbour. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
D. A-3 Skywarrior 8     Noted at Luqa on 02.07.68. These aircraft were devoid of any squadron markings or full serials, with just the star-and-bar and usually a single digit serial. Known to have come from Rota in Spain. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
D. A-3 Skywarrior 138963/412/AG     Noted at Luqa Airport on 20.08.68. Ship unknown. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
D. A-3 Skywarrior 142244/002/ZR VAH-10 Independence Aircraft noted at Luqa on 02.10.70. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
D. C-118 152689/7D     Noted at Luqa on 19.07.69. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Gr. A-6 Intruder 503   Saratoga Aircraft noted on 14.07.70. Serial is a partial, the last three digits. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Gr. A-6 Intruder     F.D.R. Aircraft noted on 26.02.71. Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Gr. C-1A Trader __6025 VR-24   Departed Luqa on 27.09.68, arrival date unknown. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Gr. C-1A 146028 VR-24   c/n 58. Seen on 09.05.69. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Gr. C-1A 146034 VR-24   c/n 64. Seen on 09.05.69. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Gr. C-1 Trader __6048 VR-24   (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Gr. C-2A Greyhound 155123/123/JM VR-24 Aircraft noted departing on 15.07.70. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Gr. C-2 Greyhound 155124 VR-24   Landed at Luqa on 19.09.68. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Gr. C-2A Greyhound 162159/46 Gerald R. Ford Two visits on 11.08.23 ferrying a delegation between the airport and the carrier. Aircraft had also visited Luqa back in April 1989.

(Aircraft information courtesy of John Visanich, from his Malta Airport Movements Facebook page.)
Gr. C-2A Greyhound 162172/26/JM     Seen on 29.06.90 & 05.07.90.
Gr. S-2 Tracker 153582/115/AT VS-22 Wasp Same day arrival & departure at Luqa on 10.02.71. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Gr. WF-2 Tracer 147235 VAW-12   Noted at Luqa on unknown date in 1960.
        
 

 

AIRCRAFT SERIAL/S SQUADRON SHIP NOTES
L. C-130F 149797/JM VR-24   Departed Luqa on 17.01.71. (Aircraft information courtesy of John Visanich, from his Malta Airport Movements Facebook page.)
L. C-130 __5314   Kearsarge August 2002
L. C-130T 164993/CW VR-54   Noted at Luqa on 27.04.98.

(Aircraft information courtesy of John Visanich, from his Malta Airport Movements Facebook page.)
L. C-130T 164996/RU-996 VR-55   c/s CVN 6522, noted on 22.12.22. This may have been in connection with the presence of the USNS survey ship Bruce C. Heezen.
L. C-130 165313     Same day arrival/departure on 29.09.22. This may have been in connection with the presence of the USNS survey ship Bruce C. Heezen.
L. C-130T 165378/378/JW VR-62 USS San Jacinto Aircraft, c/s CVN6527, arrived/departed at Luqa on 27.06.22. Ship had entered on the 26th. This particular aircraft was equipped with the new generation 8-bladed props although retaining the Allison T56 turboprop engines. (Information courtesy of John Visanich.)
L. C-130T 165379/379/BD   Mount Whitney c/s CNV6072, arrived on 13.03.12 in connection with the ship, which had entered Grand Harbour for maintenance.
L. P-2 147947/23/LB     No additional details available. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
L. P2V-7 148341/31/LH VP-21   Date unknown, but as it was noted landing at Hal Far due to Luqa being closed for runway re-surfacing, this would date it between January – March 1969. Seen again on 25.04.69. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
L. SP-2H 148362/23/LJ VP-23   Exact date of sighting unknown, but year is 1969.

(Aircraft information courtesy of John Visanich, from his Malta Airport Movements Facebook page.)
McD F-4 Phantom       Noted on Park 4 on 17.05.67. No other details known. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
McD F-4J Phantom 155824/213/AC VF-103 Saratoga Noted at Luqa airport on 18.07.70, but ship hadn’t enter Harbour. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
McD F-4J Phantom 155826/200/AC VF-103 Saratoga Noted at Luqa airport on 18.07.70, but ship hadn’t enter Harbour. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Northrop/Grumman MQ-8B 168441-17, 168452-28, ______-26   Simpson It is believed this is the first time that drone helicopters were seen on board a ship in Malta.
Si. UH-34 Sea Horse __3935/44/HW HC-6   Noted on 07.09.69.
Si. CH-53 ___540 HC-4   Seen on 27.09.91 & 04.10.91.
S. S-58 143935/HW HC-6   Landed at Luqa Malta on 07.09.69. Ship unknown. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
S. C-26 910502     Same day arrival/departure on 11.02.20 in connection with USS Mount Whitney being in harbour.
S. C-26 900528     Same day arrival/departure on 09.01.19, with another visit as CNV6781 on the 12th, probably in connection with the visit of the USS Arlington
S. C-26 900530     Same day arrival/departure on 19.01.18 as CNV6581. The USS Mount Whitney entered harbour on the same day.
S. C-26 900531     Arrived on 19.01.18 as CNV6593, departing on the 20th as CNV6583. Returned on the 21st as CNV6601, departure date unknown. The USS Mount Whitney was in harbour at the time.
        
 
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