French Eurocopter helicopter trains with US Navy's LCS USS Jackson

According to a tweet published by the French Armed Forces on October 5, 2022, a French Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin helicopter trains with the Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 French Eurocopter Dauphin helicopter on the flight deck of the Independence-class LCS USS Jackson. (Picture source: French Armed Forces)

USS Jackson (LCS-6) is an Independence-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy, and the first ship to be named for Jackson, the capital of Mississippi.

Jackson is the third Independence-class littoral combat ship to be built. Jackson was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. Jackson is the second Independence-class ship to carry standard 7 metres (23 ft) long rigid-hulled inflatable boats and improvements in corrosion protection and propulsion over the original Independence (LCS-2) design.

The ship has a length of 127.4 m (418 ft), a beam of 31.6 m (104 ft), and a draft of 14 ft (4.27 m). She can reach a top speed of 47 knots (54 mph; 87 km/h).

The Littoral Combat Ship has a range of 4,300 nautical miles (8,000 km; 4,900 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) and a carry a complement of 75 sailors.

The Independence-class USS Jackson is armed with BAE Systems Mk 110 57 mm gun, four .50 cal (12.7 mm) guns, and an 11-cell Evolved SeaRAM missile launcher.

About the Eurocopter Dauphin helicopter

The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS365 Dauphin (Dolphin), also formerly known as the Aérospatiale SA 365 Dauphin 2, is a medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters.

It was originally developed and manufactured by the French firm Aérospatiale, which was merged into the multinational Eurocopter company during the 1990s.

The Dauphin is typically powered by a pair of Turbomeca Arriel turboshaft engines; on later variants, these are equipped with FADEC units, which provide additional functionality such as an automated start-up sequence and a training mode.

Major avionics include 10.4-inch (26 cm) multi-mission touch screen displays, weather radar, global positioning system (GPS) receiver, traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS), automatic voice alarm device (AVAD), health and usage monitoring system (HUMS), quick access records for helicopter flight data management, and digital audio communication system (DACS).