NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md.: For the first time, the U.S. and Royal Australian Navies have successfully demonstrated a periodic maintenance interval (PMI) on a U.S. Navy MH-60R Seahawk in Australia. The milestone demonstrates both countries’ commitment to advancing military readiness in the Indo-Pacific region. H-60 Multi-Mission Helicopter Program’s (PMA-299) Special Projects Team developed a unique, and expedited, acquisition strategy leveraging U.S. and Australian “mateship” to complete the first-ever U.S. Navy aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) in the Indo-Pacific region. An essential piece to readiness is the ability to address emergent MRO requirements outside of normal domestic sites. Broadening the MH-60R MRO facilities and infrastructure around the globe, specifically in today’s world climate, allows for a wider maintenance reach in time of conflict while increasing cooperation with our allies. This century-long alliance remains advantageous in this region. “Demonstrating successful PMI on a U.S. Navy MH-60R in Australia is a testament to our two nation’s shared trust and commitments in our century-long partnership with the Royal Australian Navy,” said Capt. William Hargreaves, PMA-299 program manager. “Achieving this maintenance event expands our aircraft’s footprint ensuring the fleet is ready to fight tonight.” U.S. and Australian forces have fought together […]
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