FRCE Kinston Completes first UH-1N Huey Repair

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) artisans recently completed work on the first UH-1N “Huey” helicopter to undergo service at the depot’s facility in Kinston’s North Carolina Global TransPark. Logistical improvements brought about by the new location helped the team complete service on the aircraft more than 40 days ahead of the average turnaround times the H-1 line posted while based…

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NAVAIR Accepts 100th On-Time Delivery of the AH-1Z Viper

September 17, 2021 – The Naval Air Systems Command recognized an impressive production streak this week with the 100th on-time delivery of the AH-1Z Viper, the Marine’s attack helicopter. “Of all of the domestic AH-1Zs delivered to date, 91 percent of them have been on time,” said Col Vasilios Pappas, PMA-276 program manager. “This is a feat only possible through…

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FRCE Takes on New V-22 Workload

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) opened a new chapter of service August 11 as it completed work on the first of the fleet MV-22B Osprey aircraft flown by the Marine Corps squadron tasked with helicopter transport of the president of the United States. FRCE has conducted modification and Planned Maintenance Interval (PMI) events for Navy and Marine Corps V-22 aircraft…

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First Combat Air Strikes from HMS Queen Elizabeth

June 22, 2021 – The UK’s Carrier Strike Group has joined the fight against Islamic terrorism with F-35 jets carrying out their very first combat missions from HMS Queen Elizabeth. Stealth jets of the renowned 617 Squadron RAF (The Dambusters) carried out operational sorties for the first time in support of Operation Shader and US Operation Inherent Resolve. Defence Secretary…

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JSDF Completed Exercise ARC21 with US, France & Australia

May 19, 2021 (Google Translation) – From May 11-17, units of the Japan Ground, Maritime, Air Self-Defense Forces conducted the multi-lateral training event, “ARC 21” in the East China Sea west of Kyushu. In this training, we conducted high-level tactical training such as landing and anti-submarine warfare to improve interoperability between Japan, the U.S., Australia and France. Commander of the…

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Arctic Littoral Strike: Marines, Norwegian Military Conduct Exercise in Northern Norway

April 8, 2021 – U.S. Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 21.1 enhanced their warfighting ability above the Arctic Circle during exercise Arctic Littoral Strike in Northern Norway from March 11-31. “This exercise demonstrated the battalion’s capability to operate inside actively contested maritime spaces, in this case arctic littoral spaces, and to provide support to joint fleet operations,” said…

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Navy, Marine Corps Release Unmanned Campaign Plan

March 16, 2021 – The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps released the Unmanned Campaign framework today. The Unmanned Campaign Plan represents the Navy and Marine Corps’ strategy for making unmanned systems a trusted and integral part of warfighting. Through a capabilities-based approach we can build a future where unmanned systems are at the front lines of our competitive advantage. The…

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Sikorsky Continues Legacy With Latest Contract To Build Presidential Helicopters

February 10, 2021 – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is under contract to manufacture a total of 23 VH-92A® Presidential Helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. Sikorsky is on schedule to deliver the next generation presidential helicopter later this year. The award announced February 5, 2021 by the U.S. Navy for five aircraft is the final lot of VH-92A presidential…

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