Hagatna, Guam, is the new crash site where a U.S. Navy helicopter crashed. The MH-60R Seahawk is part of Marine Strike Squadron 78. The USS Dewey rescued the crew who are not injured. The crash is still under investigation.

Just last week, an aircraft crashed on a golf course in Maryland. The crew member was severely injured, and it caused damage to local civilian populated areas. Now this week in Guam, an MH60R crashed and was recovered by the USS Dewey.

The USS Dewey is a guided-missile destroyer that is deployed as part of Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group.

The destroyer is headed to the “Western Pacific.”

The MH-60R military aircraft

The MH-60R is a multi-purpose helicopter. According to Air Force Technology analysis, it has several missions: anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), search-and-rescue (SAR), naval gunfire support (NGFS), surveillance, communications relay, logistics support and personnel transfer.

Lockheed Martin, a major supplier for American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies equipment, describes the MH-60R as an intense helicopter that is suitable for littoral warfare. Littoral warfare refers to operations or combat that shifts from water to shore and includes surveillance, mine-clearing, and landing support operations.

This specific type of aircraft reportedly would be beneficial in mission planning and execution in conventional warfare. Current global climates and shifts in military presence to the Western Pacific indicate that this type of aircraft needs to be in tip-top shape with full capabilities and maintenance readiness.

MH-60R crashes during exercise and other instances of combat readiness issues

A newer generation of military members and young people are signing up for the nation’s most current conflicts—possible conflicts that have the ability to be dangerous—under a new and controversial administration. A lack of combat readiness, outdated gear, and under-trained aircrew could have tumultuous impacts on the lives of those that serve.

The military’s incidents of aircraft maintenance issues in the past decade has been on the rise. With military quarterly budget allocations going to strategic gear, areas such as aircrew training, maintenance, and futuristic and functioning gear takes the back burner.

The implications of sending malfunctioning gear over to the “Western Pacific” during times of possible conflict and threats of nuclear warfare is going to adversely affect the mission accomplishment and functionality of the United States military.