Owego, NY, July 30th, 2008 — MH-60R helicopter departs Lockheed Martin in Owego, NY, for the flight to its home base at Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike squadron HSM-71 in CaliforniaLockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] completed its initial deliveries of aircraft to the U.S. Navy’s first operational MH-60R helicopter maritime strike squadron, the HSM-71 Raptors, ensuring the squadron is ready for its deployment with an aircraft carrier strike group. The San Diego-based pilot and crew departed with the aircraft July 24 for the three-day journey home from Owego, NY.
Lockheed Martin is the prime air weapons systems integrator for the MH-60R, the Navy’s most advanced submarine hunting and surface warfare helicopter. The team has integrated and delivered 11 aircraft to HSM-71.
Cmdr. Michael Nortier, HSM-71 commanding officer, personally accepted delivery of the squadron’s final MH-60R helicopter after addressing industry and government team members in the hangar.