Special Boat Team takes flight with Nightstalkers

Aviators from 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., with the help of Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen from Special Boat Team 12, stationed at Naval Base Coronado, Calif., conducted a Maritime External Air Transportation System training evolution in Moses Lake, Wash., May 20. MEATS is a way to move a watercraft from a point on land or water to somewhere else using an Army MH-47G Chinook helicopter. The crewmen rig the boat to the helicopter as it hovers above, and then climb a rope ladder to board the helicopter before moving to the final destination, where they will slide down a rope to the boat before the helicopter disconnects the hoist cables. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Prows, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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