U.S. Military Insights How to Address three Challenges of Marine Air Mobility

On February 17, 1917, the U.S. Marine Corps changed forever. That was the day the first official Marine flying unit arrived, and the Marine Aviation Company was commissioned for duty with the Advanced Base Force at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Since then, Marine Air Group Squadrons have mobilized rapidly all over the world.

Availability is crucial for an aircraft fleet, especially when operating away from the main base. To ensure this availability, Marines need resources to maintain, house, support and protect the aircraft, crew and expeditionary deployed force. This means addressing three challenges:

1) Keeping a low logistical footprint
Marine air squadrons need to be able to move quickly at a moment's notice. Thus, their resources need to be mobile, flexible and low maintenance. Hangars that are lightweight, deployable, and easy-to-assemble can simplify logistics while still protecting the aircraft and crew.

2) Housing all of the necessary equipment
A Marine air squadron's main base must accommodate an entire infrastructure. Weapons, tools, spare parts, seat shops, wheels and brakes, crew locker rooms, and mission planning and debriefing rooms are all necessary to keep the base operational. To maximize efficiency, this equipment can be housed in support containers that fasten to the hangar, creating an organized assembly of rooms and workshops.

3) Upholding support capabilities
Oftentimes, when a dispatched aircraft needs maintenance, it must return to the main operating base; this costs time, money and resources. A more efficient alternative is to make maintenance capabilities easily deployable via ISO (International Organization for Standardization) containers. This allows for aircraft support at forward operating bases, thus enhancing a squadron's operational ability.

Saab has decades of experience enabling operational capability in remote and austere conditions. Learn more about how we are specifically addressing these challenges faced by Marine air squadrons.

Cpl. Jim Truxel, U.S. Marine Corps, 1977-1981
VP of Marketing and Sales for Military Programs, Support and Services Division
Saab Defense and Security USA

This post is part of Saab USA's U.S. Military Insights blog series, where our employees who have served in the U.S. military offer their thoughts on the issues affecting their branch.