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Avalon 2017: USMC aviation ramps up As-Pac capability

1st March 2017 - 09:16 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Melbourne


The aviation wing of the US Marine Corps (USMC) has been enjoying unprecedented modernisation in the Asia-Pacific region, with the recent deployment of Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fighters and AH-1Z Viper helicopters in Japan.

Addressing media at the Avalon Air Show near Melbourne, Lt Gen John 'Dog' Davis, the USMC's deputy commandant for aviation, highlighted the USMC's capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Vipers from Helicopter Attack Squadron 267 (HMLA-267) deployed to Okinawa, Japan late last year to swap out older AH-1W SuperCobras as part of a regular six-month rotation.

'We're very happy with it,' the general said of the

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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