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Sea Knights get new life with US State Department

14th March 2012 - 12:12 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knights are getting a new lease of life through a collaborative programme with the US State Department it has been revealed.

Some 16 CH-46s are being converted for use by the State Department but that number could grow further to around 24.

'We are actively transferring CH-46E aircraft to the Department of State Air Wing based at Patrick Air Force Base (Florida) as the Marine Corps strikes them from inventory,' said John Thatch, PMA-226 International Program lead at the US Navy's Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

'We are acting on their [State Department's] behalf to coordinate

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

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