Serious click bait headline on that video. “Helicopter Lands on a Ship in a Terrifying Storm.” If that’s a terrifying storm, I’m Hannah Storm. That’s a pleasant afternoon in the North Sea.
That’s the Danish Air Force. They’ve got a new Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, and apparently it’s still under warranty because hyperbole aside, they are taking chances with it. Of course, it’s the military. That’s a taking chances industry. Whoever wrote the headline probably rides to their cubicle job on a recumbent bicycle, so they describe it like the pilot was waterskiing inside Krakatoa. The guy’s just doing his job. He’s damn good at it, too. Being damn good at your job doesn’t cut much ice on YouTube, so they up the dosage to: Wounded blind commando lands flaming attack helicopter on stolen sinking radioactive battleship during a typhoonicane.
Let’s give the pilot an attaboy, and move on to the truly brave people featured in the video. Notice the two guys standing on the flight deck. If the landing goes south, the pilot is wearing a helicopter. They’re wearing rain slickers. There’s no medal for that, but maybe there should be.