The Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter first flew in 1974 and entered service with the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) in 1981. A total of 172 Super Stallions have been delivered and 165 are in service with the armies of the Marine Corps Pacific Fleet and Atlantic Fleet. The helicopter is in service with the reservation of the Marine Corps, training and experimental squadrons. The Final Super Stallion Marine was delivered in November 2003.
The Marine Corps Super Stallion used in the role of amphibious assault and transport of heavy equipment. The U.S. Navy also use the Super Stallion vertical delivery and recovery of damaged aircraft on aircraft carriers.