The US Department of the Air Force (DAF) has selected Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, as the next location to host MH-139 Grey Wolves.

The 25 new helicopters will replace the base’s 21 ageing UH-1N Hueys. The additional four aircraft will allow the base to “execute continuation of government operations and distinguished visitor transport mission requirements without augmenting support units”, a statement said.

Intercontinental ballistic missile mission

In addition to providing updated capabilities to support missions in the National Capital Region, the Grey Wolf will increase speed, range, endurance, payload and survivability in support of the intercontinental ballistic missile mission, civil search and rescue, airlift and survival school/testing.

The staffing required to support this mission will grow from 235 personnel to approximately 310.

Basing the new helicopters at JBA was based on factors related to mission, base capacity, community support, cost and environmental considerations, the US Air Force said.

DAF is expected to complete the required environmental assessment in summer 2023 before a final decision is made.

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