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“The WWII bean-bags were filled with stuffing but the one I made is weighted down with a one-pound steel bar sown into the bottom of the naugahyde (artificial leather) and webbing package,” said Freireizurieta.
The message container Freireizurieta created was dropped onto Boxer’s flight deck as a proof-of-concept option for silent communication. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 crewmembers onboard an MH-60S Seahawk delivered the container.
“We’ve got the best communication technology onboard our helos [helicopters] but today we practiced the use of a more conventional form of aircraft-to-ship communication in the event electronic communication is not an option,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Taryn “SISS” Steiger, the pilot who flew the HSC-21 Seahawk tasked to drop the bean-bag on Boxer.