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East Coast US Navy aviators to see their flight hours slashed for the rest of fiscal year

from Defense News

Budget shortfalls created in part by greater-than-expected demands on maritime patrol aircraft are forcing the Navy to cut flight hours for several squadrons on the East Coast, according to a naval aviation official who spoke on background. The shortfall, approximately $100 million, will hit helicopter pilots the hardest, with maritime strike squadrons and sea combat expeditionary units that support cruiser and destroyers deployments taking a 25% cut, the official said. Maritime patrol squadrons, test pilots and fleet air support units will all see a 10% cut. more


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