The US Navy’s Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 79 has successfully completed the tail bushing repair work on a MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission maritime helicopter.

As part of a US-Spanish joint initiative, the HSM 79 has carried out the repair works in close coordination with a team of Spanish aviation specialists at the Naval Station Rota, Spain.

The initiative was developed to sustain the mission capabilities of the aircraft.

HSM-79 commanding officer commander Nikolas Rongers said: “This, to our knowledge, is the first maintenance and aircraft readiness effort of its kind in the US European Command area of responsibility – leveraging resident SH-60B Seahawk intermediate level maintenance expertise and capabilities to build enduring interoperability relationships with our host nation and Nato ally – Spain, a joint operator of the Seahawk series of multi-mission helicopters.”

The effort required participation of distinct artisan repairs and to meet this demand, HSM-79 team took support from various Spanish industry partners which helped accelerate the process of maintenance.

However, the repairs were originally made in collaboration with the US Fleet Readiness Center.

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The MH-60R Seahawk repair work was completed the aircraft hangar of the Spanish Naval Aviation’s Décima Escuadrilla (10th Squadron), which is also HSM-79’s sponsor squadron.

Rongers added: “This bi-national effort enabled the ‘Griffins’ of HSM-79, forward deployed to Naval Station Rota, Spain, to quickly return a combat-ready MH-60R Seahawk aircraft to mission capable status in support of ongoing Nato Coalition and European Theater security initiatives.

“We are stronger when we operate together and more resilient when leveraging our interchangeability as one team.”

In March last year, the US also approved a potential foreign military sale of eight MH-60R helicopters to Spain.