On July 25, 2020, DynCorp International (DI) aircraft mechanics supporting the U.S. Army CLS-Transport program assisted with the loading of an Army C-12 onto the deck of the USS Essex, a U.S. Navy Wasp-class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship.
The C-12 was re-assigned from its CONUS bed-down base to support the re-activation of a single aircraft site at Kapolei (Barbers Point), Hawaii. Due to range limitations of the plane, the Army elected to transport the aircraft to Hawaii by ship. After coordinating with the Navy for transport of the aircraft, the Army requested assistance from DI to procure the required aircraft sling and provide support personnel to assist with preserving and advising the Navy with the loading and securing of the aircraft. The aircraft was flown from West Virginia to North Island Naval Air Station (NAS) in Coronado, California where it was subsequently prepared for transport and hoisted onto the deck of the USS Essex.
DI deployed aircraft mechanics from Los Alamitos, California in preparation of the movement of the aircraft. The DI team arrived at North Island NAS in California and were instrumental in every step of the process, ensuring the plane was properly prepared for transport, uploaded, and secured on the deck of the ship. DI had a team meet the aircraft in Hawaii to supervise the off-load and conduct de-preservation and return-to-service inspections.
“The efforts of the CLS-Transport mechanics resulted in the aircraft arriving safely in Hawaii without incident,” said Kirk McCauley, CLS-Transport senior program director.
On the CLS-Transport program, DI provides logistics support services worldwide for government-owned Army fixed-wing aircraft performing transport missions, including C-12, C-26, UC-35, and T-6 aircraft.
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