The Sierras can deliver combat power, just as did multimission World War II patrol torpedo boats.
They have no idea what we actually do,” Lieutenant Drew Kollmann lamented while walking out of a typical meeting. “We’re basically a flying PT boat.” This is a perfect analogy—the MH-60S is a modern incarnation of the famed patrol torpedo (PT) boat, and the Navy will be better for using it as such. Like PT crews, those in Navy helicopters can perform the basic functions of maritime logistics, but it is the combat power that sets them apart. Surface warfare, personnel recovery, and support to special operations are the invisible glue binding today’s MH-60S crews to their PT counterparts of World War II.