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Commander gives Navy airframe plan good review

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Old July 8th 03, 09:10 PM
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Commander gives Navy airframe plan good review

(EXCERPT) , By Joseph Giordono, Stars and Stripes Pacific edition,
Wednesday, July 9, 2003

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan — The Navy’s plan to transform its
helicopter force by ditching most of its current airframes will alter
missions radically and help reduce maintenance and logistics problems,
the commander of an Atsugi-based helicopter squadron said this week.

Over the next dozen years, every squadron in the fleet will be flying
either the MH-60S or MH-60R Sea Hawk, Navy officials say. That means
shrinking seven helicopter “communities,” as military aviators call
them, to two.

“This is going to be a good thing for everyone. The battle group
commanders will get more direct operational control over their air
assets and everyone will be using a common airframe,” said Cmdr.
Baxter Goodly, commander of the HS-14 “Chargers” squadron.

“The concept is a very good one. It will provide the car...

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