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USMC Emphasizing Spare Parts, Maintainer Training To Regain Aviation Readiness: A Headquarters Perspective

USMC Emphasizing Spare Parts, Maintainer Training To Regain Aviation Readiness: A Headquarters Perspective

A Marine guides a CH-53 Super Stallion during a helicopter support team exercise at Landing Zone Albatross aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 2, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

A Marine guides a CH-53 Super Stallion during a helicopter support team exercise at Landing Zone Albatross aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 2, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

This article is part of a two-story package on the current state of Marine Corps aviation. Please read 3rd MAW Preparing To Deploy F-35B While Struggling To Keep Older Planes Ready: An Operational Perspective for the operational perspective.

The Marine Corps is getting back to the basics to solve its aviation readiness problems, with a focus on contracting for spare parts and enhanced training for aircraft maintainers at the heart of several type/model/series’ readiness recovery plans, the deputy commandant for aviation told USNI News this week. Read More

Marines To Add 'Harvest Hawk' Weapons Kit to Entire C-130J, V-22 Fleets

Marines To Add ‘Harvest Hawk’ Weapons Kit to Entire C-130J, V-22 Fleets

Two Spanish Navy Harriers fly behind a U.S. Marine KC-130J from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa during an aerial-refueling exercise off the coast of Spain May 15, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

Two Spanish Navy Harriers fly behind a U.S. Marine KC-130J from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa during an aerial-refueling exercise off the coast of Spain May 15, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

This post has been updated to correct the name of the sensor ball included in the Harvest Hawk kit. The Marines will use the MX-20 sensor package.

THE PENTAGON – The Marine Corps intends to add improved sensors and precision-strike capability to its entire KC-130J Super Hercules tanker/transport plane and MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor fleets, applying the “Harvest Hawk” concept to make both aircraft more multi-mission, the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation told USNI News this week. Read More

Local Okinawa Government Files Lawsuit Against Tokyo Over MCAS Futenma Relocation

Local Okinawa Government Files Lawsuit Against Tokyo Over MCAS Futenma Relocation

Sailors direct an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 as it lands on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during exercise Blue Chromite off Okinawa in November 2014. US Navy photo.

Sailors direct an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 as it lands on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during exercise Blue Chromite off Okinawa in November 2014. US Navy photo.

The government of Okinawa sued Japan’s central government Dec. 25 in yet another escalation of the argument over relocating a U.S. Marine Corps air station. Read More

N95: F-35B Integration, Larger Fleet Size Create Opportunities To Rethink How Fleet Operates

N95: F-35B Integration, Larger Fleet Size Create Opportunities To Rethink How Fleet Operates

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy and Marine Corps amphibious fleet is on the cusp of two major changes – the introduction of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter and the growth of the fleet from 30 to 33 ships – that will change the way the fleet trains and fights, the director of expeditionary warfare told USNI News. Read More

Marine MV-22B Osprey Suffers Landing Mishap on USS New Orleans; No Injuries Reported

Marine MV-22B Osprey Suffers Landing Mishap on USS New Orleans; No Injuries Reported

An MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM-166) amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) off the coast of Southern California on Nov. 3, 2015. US Navy Photo

An MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM-166) amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) off the coast of Southern California on Nov. 3, 2015. US Navy Photo

No one was injured when an MV-22B tiltrotor aircraft with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit experienced a “landing mishap” on the deck of transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18) on Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman said Wednesday night. Read More

USMC Investigation: Pilot Performance in Brownout Conditions Led to May MV-22 Crash

USMC Investigation: Pilot Performance in Brownout Conditions Led to May MV-22 Crash

Screen shot of the aftermath of the MV-22 Osprey hard landing during a training exercise in Hawaii. Photo via KITV4.

Screen shot of the aftermath of the MV-22 Osprey hard landing during a training exercise in Hawaii. Photo via KITV4.

The Marine Corps found that pilot performance and an improper site survey of the landing zone led to the May 17 MV-22 Osprey crash in Hawaii that killed two Marines and injured 20, according to a statement regarding the recently completed crash investigation. Read More

Davis: Marine Corps Aviation Must Adapt To Become More 'Value-Added' to Naval Force

Davis: Marine Corps Aviation Must Adapt To Become More ‘Value-Added’ to Naval Force

AV-8B Harriers and an MV-22 Osprey sit on the flight deck at night aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) on Oct. 8, 2014. US Navy photo.

AV-8B Harriers and an MV-22 Osprey sit on the flight deck at night aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) on Oct. 8, 2014. US Navy photo.

PENTAGON — The Navy and Marine Corps should explore ways to make Marine aircraft a more useful part of the naval battle force – using alternate mixes of aircraft types on amphibious ship flight decks, finding additional missions for those aircraft, and pursuing increased connectivity to the rest of the naval fleet, the deputy commandant for aviation told USNI News. Read More

Marines Pushing For Faster F-35B Spares Acquisition To Support New Squadrons

Marines Pushing For Faster F-35B Spares Acquisition To Support New Squadrons

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include the F-35 software fielding timeline.

PENTAGON – The Marine Corps aviation community is keeping busy preparing to send its first F-35B Joint Strike Fighters to Japan in January 2017, ensuring the training and logistics pipelines are ready for global deployment of the new plane, the deputy commandant for aviation told USNI News. Read More