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Major engine repairs on SH-60 Sea Hawk anti-submarine helicopters in the western Pacific will now be done in the States, the Navy recently announced.

The Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, no longer will have the first-degree repair capability for the T700-GE-401C, according to a Navy news release. For six years, AIMD provided support services for the engine to all SH-60 squadrons in the western Pacific.

The reason, command officials explained, is to save expenses.

Since early August, stateside facilities have been responsible for handling the engine maintenance requests, officials said.

The AIMD in Atsugi will continue to maintain a pool of T700 engines, and future major repairs will be conducted at the Fleet Readiness Center South West, located at Naval Air Station North Island in California.

"I will personally miss having the capability to repair this great engine and the opportunity to provide both on-station and transient customers within our area of responsibility with the best product that the fleet has to offer," Kenneth Watson, leading petty officer for AIMD’s Atsugi Power Plants Division, was quoted as saying in the release.


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