U.S. Marines de-ice a Marine KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft before takeoff from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 9. PHOTO: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Ricker/Released 201209-M-BH827-1075.JPGClick image to enlargeCascade Aerospace, an Abbotsford, B.C. division of Aerospace & Defence, has received its first US Marine Corps (USMC) KC-130J aircraft as part of a contract to support the United States Navy (USN) global C-130 platform.

The contract to support the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command's Tactical Airlift Program Office, is a multi-award contract to provide Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services to the USMC's KC-130J fleet. Cascade Aerospace was chosen by the USN after a lengthy selection process involving MRO providers from around the world.

"This program leverages the important depot level work being performed in support of the RCAF C-130J's." said Kevin Lemke, executive vice-president and COO of Cascade Aerospace. "This demonstrates the close ties between Canada and the US; and the importance of the North American shared industrial base to keep the war fighter mission ready."

Cascade's B.C. facility well suited to support the contract being managed by the US Navy's Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Western Pacific and Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) in Yokosuka, Japan. "Teaming up with Cascade Aerospace, a globally recognized leader on C-130 maintenance, will help us accomplish our mission and accelerate naval aviation readiness with world-class execution," said Commanding Officer Randy J. Berti.

Caption: U.S. Marines de-ice a Marine KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft before takeoff from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 9. PHOTO: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Ricker/Released 201209-M-BH827-1075.JPG

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