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US Marines in Thailand for Cobra Gold 2018, 13-Feb-18 : US Marines Venom and Viper from HMLA-369 along CH-53E from HMH-466 joined 6 partners nations for the 37th edition of the Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand. CG18 runs February 13-23

HMLAT-303 Says Farewell to Their Last AH-1W, 06-Feb-18 : USMC training squadron HMLAT-303 transitioned from the AH-1W to the AH-1Z Viper and flew their last Super Cobra to the boneyard in Arizona

USMC MV-22 Ospreys CC-RAM Program, 31-Jan-18 : Bell/Boeing awarded contract to upgrade USMC’ existing Osprey tilt-rotors Block B to Block C in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program

31st MEU Completes Deployment, Returns to Okinawa, 19-Sep-17 : USMC 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group completed the 17.2 deployment of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and returned to home base Okinawa

26th MEU to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts, 30-Aug-17 : 700 Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked on USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) amphibious assault carrier in stand by to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts if needed

First Flight of Future Marine One VH-92A, 03-Aug-17 : The VH-92A test aircraft achieves first flight on July 28 at Owego, NY starting a 250 hours test program. Based on the S-92, the new presidential helicopter is scheduled to enter service in 2020

Super Stallions Get Service at FRCSW, 24-May-17 : Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) at NAS North Island, CA maintained and repaired CH-53E Super Stallion still in service with the US Navy and Marines

USMC Ospreys Complete First Trans-Pacific Flight, 28-Apr-17 : Four MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 (VMM-268) completed the first transpacific flight for the type

Wildland Firefighting Exercise 2017 Coming Up, 28-Apr-17 : A wildland firefighting exercise involving Marine units from Camp Pendleton, California’s CALFIRE, and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department will take place May 4

First Japanese V-22 Osprey Crew Chief, 12-Apr-17 : Sgt 1st Class Midsru Miyazaki to be Japan’s first MV-22 Osprey crew chief after complete training with VMMT-204 at MCAS New River, North Carolina

CH-53K Passed Defense Acquisition Board, 04-Apr-17 : The CH-53K King Stallion successfully passed its Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) review and achieved a Milestone C decision that enables low rate initial production funding

New Aux Fuel Tanks for UH-1Y and AH-1Z, 17-Mar-17 : Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron HMLA-267 used new auxiliary fuel tanks in the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom for a 25% range increase during recent flights based from Okinawa, Japan

Bell Helicopter Awarded Contract for 25 AH-1Z Viper, 08-Feb-17 : US Marines secures Lot 14 contract for 25 Bell AH-1Z Viper new build helicopters to be delivered by 2020

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