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Wasp Amphibious Ready Group in the East China Sea, 18-Sep-19 : #Marines US Marine Corps’ 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31 MEU) and MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotors from VMM-265 (Reinforced) attached to the USS Wasp (LHD 1) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) completed amphibious shipping training in the Philippine and East China Seas

Air Assault Company of a Marine Expeditionary Unit, 30-Jul-19 : #AirAssault A review of the Air Assault Company part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) deployed aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1) for exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 in the Coral Sea off the Australian coast

Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team, 28-Jul-19 : #AirTraffic The Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) is deployed aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1) for exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 in the Coral Sea off the Australian coast. Part of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) also includes the USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20)

Osprey Test Aircraft Retired to Museum, 13-Jul-19 : #Osprey MV-22 Osprey prototype number 8, an Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) aircraft nicknamed “Eight-Ball”, was retired to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, Maryland after spending 20 years in the evaluation and test squadron

Marines’ CH-53E Reaches One Million Flight Hours, 10-Jul-19 : #SuperStallion The CH-53E Super Stallion fleet operated by the US Marine Corps logged more than one million flight hours since entered service in 1981. 142 of them remain in service and are all scheduled to be replace by the new CH-53K by 2032

Mission Computers for UH-1Y, AH-1Z and UH-60V, 03-Jul-19 : #computers Northrop Grumman receives $104 million contract for UH-1Y, AH-1Z and UH-60V helicopters mission computers

First Six Marine One VH-92A Ordered, 11-Jun-19 : #MarineOne Sikorsky awarded $542 million contract for 6 Lot 1 VH-92A presidential helicopters for Marine Squadron HMX-1. Expected to be completed by April 2022 and be the first of eventually 23 helicopters

CH-53K First Contract Covers 12 Helicopters, 19-May-19 : #CH53K The US Navy, as the organization responsible for USMC aircraft acquisitions, signed $1.3B contract for first 12 of eventually 200 CH-53K. Known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 2 and 3, will be delivered in 2022

Marines VMM-268 Ospreys in Trans-Pacific Flight, 06-May-19 : #TransPacific Four MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron VMM-268 completed a trans-Pacific flight from Okinawa, Japan to MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii air-refueling from KC-130J Hercules

Marines to Reactivate Kaman CQ-24A K-MAX, 02-May-19 : #KMAX Kaman awarded contract to return to flight status two K-MAX, known as CQ-24A in US Marine Corps (USMC) service, that were used in Afghanistan between 2011 and 2013 and are currently stored at MCAS Yuma, Arizona

VH-92 on Budget but Slightly Delayed, 13-Apr-19 : #MarineOne The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its annual report about the future Marine One. The $5.18 B program cost for 23 VH-92A dropped $234 M and the first one is scheduled to be operational by October 2020, 5 months later than originally planned

Marines UH-1Y Air Support During WTI Training, 07-Apr-19 : #AirSupport US Marine Corps Bell UH-1Y Venom helicopters performing offensive air support (OAS) exercise during the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course in California

Next Generation K-MAX Drone, 13-Mar-19 : #drones Kaman developing next generation unmanned aircraft system (UAS) kits that will allow the K-MAX helicopter to fly either manned or unmanned missions

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