I haven't seen it, but I do remember seeing a ridgid entering a Chinnok on water from my trials days at Boscombe down, was run as a trial...assume it is this one, if so i know the camera man....will check it when i get back home.
I really can't say whose 'Hook it is or who the team was.
I do know that American Special Forces units do practice this sort of pick-up and use it at various demonstration. I have seen it done on Mott lake (Fresh water lake.) demonstration area at Ft. Bragg, NC many times.
Usually, the team HALO parachutes into the lake (Water Landing) equipped with weapons, rebreather type gear, mask, fins, etc. They move underwater to the spectator area and raise out of the water, and advance towards the spectators, weapons at the ready.
They then return to the water. The 'Hook comes in a low pass and off loads the Zodiac w/engine. The team then boards the Zodiac and make a high speed run into the 'Hook as shown in the video, and departs the area.
The same drill was done locally, by the 1st SFG(A) from Ft. Lewis, WA at a couple of Unlimited Hydro Seafair or Goldcup races. Again it was done on Lake Washington (fresh water) during an intermission.
These races are a 'big deal,' here in our State that draws a large crowd. A lot of military units to include the Navy's Blue Angeles flight team perform during these intermissions.
I did notice that at these shows, they used static line 'chutes, no dive gear or weapons, swam to the Zodiac and went into the high speed run into the 'Hook. Still is impressed the crowd.
I have never seen this drill done on salt water. I think that it could be done; however, as one stated hard on equipment and made more hazardous by rough water, etc. If it's been done on salt water, I'd bet it would be the SEALs or CAG doing it.
Impressive to look at and not all that surprising really however it must be an absolutely fecking pain in the arse for the aircraft maintainers to carry out anti-corrosion measures etc after every sortie that involves landing on water.
1 min on the water equalling an awful lot of maintenance.
Very Chuck Norris/Delta Force though!!
(I wonder how many times the cox'n got the approach speed wrong though practicing it??)