2008-08-25 - Bell UH-1Y IOC achievedBell UH-1Y achieves IOC

Neue Huey-Version einsatzbereit<br /> The Marine Corps' newest utility helicopters, the UH-1Y, achieved Initial Operating Capability Aug. 8. Lt. Gen. George Trautman declared IOC at Marine Corps Headquarters, Quantico, Va. for the UH-1Y, by demonstrating that three aircraft have met all flight requirements and are ready for deployment.

"It's been a long, intense effort to achieve IOC and it has been rewarding for the fleet to reach this milestone," said John Baronowski, H-1 director of logistics.
After more than one year of training at Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron, HMLAT-303, three UH-1Y helicopters with six pilots and six crew chiefs have reported to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit in preparation for deployment. "This will be the first MEU deployment with a new type/model/series UH-1 aircraft since 1972. The UH-1Y provides a tremendous increase in capability, safety, and performance over the UH-1N that the Marines are currently using in combat," said Col. Keith Birkholz, H-1 program manager. In January 2009, the UH-1Y is scheduled for its first scheduled deployment with the 13th MEU aboard the USS Boxer.

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