In order to align NAS Pensacola with security directives issued by the Secretary of the Navy, the air station commanding officer has directed that beginning February 1, 2016, all visitors to the National Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas and Pensacola Lighthouse who do not possess a Department of Defense identification card or are unescorted by the holder of a Department of Defense identification card, will be required to enter the installation via the West Gate located off Blue Angel Parkway. Click here for directions.

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H-34 Seabat/Seahorse

When procured during the Korean War, the HSS (later redesignated SH-34) represented a major advancement over its predecessors with accommodations for up to 18 passengers and a range of 182 miles, which could be extended to 247 miles with a reserve tank. The HSS/SH-34 Seabat could carry an array of sonar equipment as well as homing torpedoes, and operated in hunter-killer teams in which one helicopter was devoted to tracking a submarine contact and the other's mission was attacking it. The transport version of the helicopter, the HUS (later redesignated UH-34) Seahorse carried double the number of troops as its predecessor in medium transport helicopter squadrons. The Marine Corps procured over 600 examples of this version of the H-34, which served as the primary airlift platform for the service's heliborne assault operations during the early years of the Vietnam War.

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