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Six Marine One VH-92A Lot II Ordered, 22-Feb-20 : #MarineOne Sikorsky awarded $470M contract for Lot II of VH-92A “Marine One” Presidential Helicopters which covers six Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) aircraft, part of the 23 program, to be delivered by December 2022

FRCE Produces CH-53 Part to Fill Supply Gaps, 09-Feb-20 : #FRCE US Navy Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) manufacturing department stepped in and produced an H-53 part when supply system shortfalls led to a work stoppage on two helicopters

Bell Awarded Marines H-1 Support Contract, 06-Feb-20 : Bell awarded 5-year $815M Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract to support USMC AH-1Z/UH-1Y helicopters. It is the first PBL granted in support of the H-1 helicopter platform

BAE Systems Awarded US Navy APKWS Contract, 16-Jan-20 : #APKWS US Navy awarded a 5-year $2.68B indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to Bae Systems for thousands (sic) of APKWS laser-guided rockets. In addition to fixed wing aircraft, this precision munition can be used by Navy’ Seahawk and Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Viper helicopters

Marines Reinforced US Embassy in Baghdad, 06-Jan-20 : Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) mobilized to reinforce embassy in Baghdad after pro-Iranian militia assault

Marine Vipers Tests Strike Capabilities, 22-Dec-19 : #Vipers Twelve Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadrons 169 and 469 conducted training exercise in South ern California employing AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-ground and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles

White House Christmas Ornament Helicopter, 17-Dec-19 : #Christmas Eisenhower was the first U.S. President to fly in helicopter and the White House Historical Association remembering him throughout 2019 with the release of a Christmas Ornament of the Sikorsky HUS-1Z / VH-34D

Landing Support Specialist Course at Camp Lejeune, 05-Dec-19 : #Course US Marine Corps’ Basic Landing Support Specialist Course class learn how to perform in a helicopter support team (HST) at Condor Range at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

New Hangar at MCAS New River for CH-53K, 12-Oct-19 : #NewRiver The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) has a new hangar at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, NC for the new CH-53K King Stallion helicopters slated to arrive in the near future

Marines Starts UH/AH-1 Replacement Process, 22-Sep-19 : #AURA The US Marine Corps launches the Attack Utility Replacement Aircraft (AURA) program for a next generation aircraft to replace current Bell UH-1Y and AH-1Z Huey helicopters around 2030

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)

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