In this era of tightening defense budgets and limited assets, the U.S. Navy is forced to think of ways it can use available resources to achieve more efficient operations. The paradigms under which we operate must be challenged, and we must allow programs currently in place to mature. One example is the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter.
Despite manifest increases in the capability of this aircraft since its inception, the Knighthawk still struggles to find employment for its tactical capabilities, particularly in the amphibious ready group (ARG) and Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) environment. Commanders are failing to fully employ this asset, which could markedly increase the lethality and effectiveness of the entire ARG/MEU. It will take a concerted effort by the Knighthawk community and the larger Navy to address the issues necessary for it to be the true thoroughbred aircraft it can be.