Friday, March 16, 2012

More pics of the new State Dept CH-46

Revitalized with the distinctive brand of the Department of State, a recently retired U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight “Phrog” has gained a new mission serving the nation. The first Phrog to wear the paint of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security for the Department of State was delivered March 16 at NAVAIR’s Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. Besides the paint job, artisans at FRC East refreshed the Phrog for another five years of service. Three more retired H-46Es are in the works at FRC East for the Department of State. Currently, 16 are scheduled to be reworked and delivered to the department, but that number could grow, officials said. As the Marines’ medium-lift fleet transitions to the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, H-46Es have been transferred to the Department of State and are available for foreign military sales. (U.S. Navy photo)

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