CH-53K First Fleet Flight: The View from New River

CH-53K King Stallion takes first fleet flight - Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) at Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC, launch the CH-53K King Stallion on its first fleet flight January 15, 2021. The aircraft now enters a new phase of testing where it will be…

Attack Utility Helicopter Team Adapting Close Air Support

As the strategic shift from the Middle Eastern land wars to engagement where flexibile, expeditionary basing is envisaged, the attack utility helicopter team of Vipers and Venoms is adapting. In a visit to 2nd Marine Air Wing in December 2020, the adaptation process was described in discussions with Marine Light…

The Australian Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise

"The National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise is an ambitious nation-building project that will deliver cutting-edge capabilities to the Royal Australian Navy while creating thousands of jobs and building Australian industry. "The Enterprise is on track, with a modern new shipyard nearing completion in South Australia, patrol boats and Offshore Patrol Vessels…

A Video Update on the CH-53K: December 2019

A compilation of test video showing how the CH-53K King Stallion delivers the capabilities needed by the U.S. Marine Corps. 12.16.2019 Video by Victoria Falcon  Naval Air Station Patuxent River For an archive of CH-53K articles, see the following: For a recent report on the CH-53K, see the following e-book:

CH-53K Plus TAGRS: Marines Shape New Expeditionary Basing Capabilities

By Robbin Laird Recently, the Marines tested their new forward base refueling system with the CH-53K. The two together provide new capabilities for forward refueling points or for expeditionary basing. According to the Marines: Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, employ a tactical aviation ground…