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NUMBER 2. CH-53 SUPER STALLION is the most common name for the Sikorsky S-65 family of heavy-lift transport helicopters. Originally developed for use by the United States Marine Corps, it is also in service with Germany, Iran, Israel, and Mexico. The United States Air Force operated the HH-53 "Super Jolly Green Giant" during the late- and post-Vietnam War era, updating most of them as the MH-53 Pave Low. The dimensionally-similar CH-53E Super Stallion is a heavier-lifting, improved version designated S-80E by Sikorsky. Its third engine makes it more powerful than the Sea Stallion, which it has replaced in the heavy-lift mission.Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 take off after delivering Marines and Canadian soldiers as part of a noncombatant evacuation operation during Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2012 at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, July 26, 2012. From June 29 to Aug. 3, more than 25,000 military personnel from 22 nations, 200 aircraft and 40 ships and submarines are participating in RIMPAC. The world's largest international maritime exercise, the 23rd in the series that began in 1971, is held biennially in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The exercise fosters training, interoperability and improved relations between countries providing security in sea lanes and oceans around the world.

CH_53-SUPER-STALLION

CH_53-SUPER-STALLION

NUMBER 2. CH-53 SUPER STALLION is the most common name for the Sikorsky S-65 family of heavy-lift transport helicopters. Originally developed for use by the United States Marine Corps, it is also in service with Germany, Iran, Israel, and Mexico. The United States Air Force operated the HH-53 "Super Jolly Green Giant" during the late- and post-Vietnam War era, updating most of them as the MH-53 Pave Low. The dimensionally-similar CH-53E Super Stallion is a heavier-lifting, improved version designated S-80E by Sikorsky. Its third engine makes it more powerful than the Sea Stallion, which it has replaced in the heavy-lift mission.Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 take off after delivering Marines and Canadian soldiers as part of a noncombatant evacuation operation during Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2012 at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, July 26, 2012. From June 29 to Aug. 3, more than 25,000 military personnel from 22 nations, 200 aircraft and 40 ships and submarines are participating in RIMPAC. The world's largest international maritime exercise, the 23rd in the series that began in 1971, is held biennially in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The exercise fosters training, interoperability and improved relations between countries providing security in sea lanes and oceans around the world.

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** FILE ** Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, right, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 3, 2010. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, right, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 3, 2010. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, The Blue Angels perform a flyover above graduating Midshipmen during the United States Naval Academy 2014 Class graduation and commissioning ceremonies at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md., Friday May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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** FILE ** Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis arrives at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego County, Calif. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis arrives at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego County, Calif. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says he wants Gen. Mattis to take over U.S. Central Command, replacing Gen. David H. Petraeus.

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Graduating U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen arrive at the Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremonies, at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis Md., Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, The Blue Angels perform a flyover above graduating Midshipmen during the United States Naval Academy 2014 Class graduation and commissioning ceremonies at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md., Friday May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel shakes hands with a Midshipman during the United States Naval Academy 2014 Class academy's graduation and commissioning ceremonies at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md., Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)