Nassau County will host the Navy & Marine helicopter landing at Eisenhower Park on May 26 as part of New York City “Fleet Week.”
The Navy landing will be at 10 a.m. According to the county:
“A combined team of members from the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7 (HSC-7), Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven Four (HSM-74), and Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN (HM-14) will present a mine countermeasures demonstration. The demonstration will show how a five-member EOD team can be inserted via a MH-60S helicopter into an area too dangerous for a ship to navigate or an aircraft to land, while the MH-60R provides top-cover. After the air and land demonstration, the MH-60 and MH-53 helicopters will land and be available for public display. The EOD technicians are stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia. HSC-7 and HM-14 are stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, and HSM-74 is stationed in Jacksonville, Florida.”
The Marine landing will take place at noon. According to the county:
“The MV22 Osprey, joined by CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters and AH-1W Cobras, will perform an area sweep and will transport the raid force Marines to the landing zone. The V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission tilt-rotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing and short takeoff and landing capability, designed to combine the functionality of a helicopter with the long range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. Marines will perform an assault demonstration, after which helicopters will land and will be available for public display, along with the weapons typically used by a Marine Corps rifle platoon. Marines supporting this event are part of a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina and have recently returned from Afghanistan.”
This event is free and open to all. It will take place at the Kite Field, which is located south of the Veterans Memorial – accessible from parking fields 6 and 6A. For additional information, please call (516) 572-0200 or visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.