Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) is celebrating the departure of the first US Marine Corps KC-130J tanker aircraft after completing a planned maintenance interval at its world-leading MRO facility in Cambridge, United Kingdom, under the company’s ten-year multi-million dollar contract with the United States Government. The aircraft has now returned to Marine Corps North Carolina-based squadron VMGR-252, the oldest continually active squadron in the Marine Corps, where it will provide transport of personnel, equipment, and supplies, and aerial refuelling service to fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
Commanding Officer Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific, LtCol Kevin M. Ryan, USMC said : “Taking receipt of this Marine Corps KC-130J aircraft marks the first successful completion of a planned maintenance interval event by Marshall. The professionally serviced KC-130J aircraft now meets or exceeds all of the requirements to be a safe, mission-ready aircraft, and we look forward to its return to service with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252). Marshall’s performance on this first aircraft gives me the confidence that we will be able to continue to meet the U.S. military’s needs for C-130 maintenance and positively impact readiness and sustainment goals within the Naval Aviation Enterprise.”
Duncan Eldridge, Managing Director, Marshall Military Aerospace said:“We are delighted to be returning the aircraft to the squadron having completed an extensive amount of work identified as part of the planned maintenance interval to ensure that it can continue to complete its important work for the US Marine Corps.Its successful delivery is a very significant and exciting milestone for Marshall and the team has particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside and learn from the teams from the US Government, going above and beyond to deliver our usual standards of exceptional service to this important customer.”
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) won the Multiple Award Contract (MAC) back in 2020 after a rigorous international competition that included extensive pre-solicitation audits and demonstration of past performance. MADG supports C-130 fleets for 17 international governments, has underlined its position as the leading global C-130 support specialist by winning a seven-year contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistic Organisation and the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation that will see it continue to maintain the nations’ combined fleet of eight Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.