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CH-53E logs one million flight hours

15th July 2019 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Marine Corps’ CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter fleet has achieved a major milestone, logging more than one million flight hours since it entered service in 1981.

The CH-53E is used for a range of missions, including amphibious assault and long-range insertion, delivering troops, vehicles and supplies.

The 142 CH-53E Super Stallions in service are currently undergoing a rebuild and upgrade programme to extend the aircraft’s service life through 2032 when it is due to be replaced by the CH-53K King Stallion.

The first 25 helicopters have completed their reset process, allowing the squadron commanders to plan for training, operations and maintenance.

The CH-53K development programme is currently in the testing and capability requirements phase, with a goal of bringing the CH-53K to fleet the marine corps by 2024.

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