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Marine Corps fly last CH-53D Sea Stallion sortie

23rd August 2012 - 11:15 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has flown its last CH-53D Sea Stallion sorties in Afghanistan, marking the end of its Marine Corps service.

The last flight took place on 16 August from Camp Bastion airfield in Helmand Province, the aircraft flown by crews from Hawaii-based Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 362, known as the 'Ugly Angels'. The aircraft are now being dismantled, ready for decommissioning, while the unit will be deactivated at the end of the year.

'It’s bittersweet, but it’s a step forward,' said Lt Col Christopher Oliver, the CO of HMH-362 and a pilot for the final

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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