The Bundeswehr reported last Friday the 13th that one of its CH-53s completed the 13,000th flying hour by the helicopter type in Afghanistan on 7 January. The flight was by a CH-53GS between its Afghan base in Mazar-e-Sharif and Meymana.
Photo: Mazar-e-Sharif PIO
The German army first deployed CH-53s to Afghanistan in 2002 and currently has six of the helicopters there.
The 13,000 flying hours required 325 maintenance hours, in addition to 70 Antonov An-124 flights of CH-53s back or forth to Germany.