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Pilot error cited as cause of MV-22B Osprey crash in Norway

An official USMC investigation into the crash of an MV-22B Osprey in Norway on March 18, 2022, has found that pilot error was the cause of the accident. The results of the Command Investigation were published on August 14

VMFA-314 F-35Cs return from historic carrier deployment

Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning IIs assigned to VMFA-314 ‘Black Knights’ have returned to MCAS Miramar, California, after completing a historic deployment with the US Navy’s Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)

US to donate eight H-1 helicopters to the Czech Republic

Eight H-1 helicopters are to be donated free-of-charge to the Czech Republic by the US

Lockheed Martin to build 129 F-35s under mega $7.6bn contract

US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for the procurement of 129 Lot 15 F-35 Lightning IIs

Second Iwakuni-based F-35B squadron declares Full Operational Capability

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242 has reached Full Operational Capability and is ready to support its full complement of intended missions

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USMC makes aviation adjustments under Force Design 2030

The US Marine Corps has released the annual update to its Force Design 2030 modernisation strategy, which included a number of adjustments to its aviation strategy based on research conducted over the last two-and-a-half years

USMC Harriers arrive for major exercise

Ten US Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers IIs of VMA-223 arrived at Bodø Main Air Station in Norway on March 3 to participate in Exercise Cold Response 2022 (CR 22). The exercise is to run from March 14 to 31 for which the USMC has deployed a sizeable force to the Scandinavian country

F-35 lands on Japanese vessel for first time

A US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter has conducted a landing and take-off verification activity with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer IS Izumo recently in the waters south of Shikoku Island

US Navy awards Sikorsky CH-53K contract

Sikorsky will build nine more CH-53K heavy lift helicopters under a new contract for the US Navy