The HMH-363 "Lucky Red Lions" bid a fond aloha ‘oe (farewell) to the Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter, in a retirement ceremony held at Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i this afternoon. The Heavy Marine Helicopter squadron will be transitioning to the Bell Boeing MV-22A Osprey Tilt-Rotor aircraft at NAS Miramar, CA for a three year training period, returning to Kāne‘ohe in 2015.
The "Lucky Red Lions" will be the first of the four CH-53D squadrons to transition to the MV-22A.
The above photo was taken at the 2010 Kāne‘ohe Bay Air Show.
More details in this Hawai‘i News Now article.