Sea Dragon Over Pakistan

Navy Sea Dragon (MH-53E) from HM-15 Detachment 2, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, navigates Kalam Valley enroute to load relief supplies during humanitarian relief efforts in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan (formerly known as the Northwest Frontier province, Pakistan)

Navy Sea Dragon (MH-53E) from HM-15 Detachment 2, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, navigates Kalam Valley enroute to load relief supplies during humanitarian relief efforts in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan (formerly known as the Northwest Frontier province, Pakistan). Photo by Capt. Paul Duncan.

UPDATE: A commenter notes that this photo was actually taken in 1999 over Albania.

Comments

  1. I don’t know who posted this photo, but it was NOT taken in Pakistan. This particular photo was taken in 1999 over a valley in Albania! I know because I took it! This is HM-15 out of Corpus Christi, TX. (at the time), a US Navy squadron. There was certainly not a “Captain” taking this photo, it was just this old enlisted Navy Senior Chief. AMCS(AW/NAC) Fred Landers.

    1. Hmmm. I recall discussing the terrain in this shot with someone when I originally posted it here. Hard to believe that the caption writers could get it wrong. Or not.

      Thanks for the correction.

  2. I was deployed with Capt. Duncan, USMC, during the Pakistan flood ops and I can state unequivocally that he is a man of great integrity and great skill. These aircraft were flying daily from HM-15 det 2 into the Kalam valley and the terrain, indeed, did look like that. You know, sometimes things just look the same.

    We were often flying in formation where I personally saw Capt. Duncan taking shots out the rear of the aircraft. We were not deployed with photojournalists or mass communication specialists; so, much of the product you see from Pakistan during that time was left to us officers to provide (not ideal, but you work with what you have).

    If Capt. Duncan did not take this photo, yet it has his name on it, that would be a surprise to me. Somebody’s lying – but it sure isn’t this outstanding officer. LCDR Jim Hoeft, USN.

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