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The Nigerian Navy has expressed interest in acquiring surplus helicopters from the US military and sent a delegation to the United States, which was given demonstration flights.
US Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) said that a Nigerian Navy delegation visited Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina where they were hosted by Navair’s Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office (PMA-226). The delegation was given a search and rescue demonstration flight on February 4 in a US Marine Corps HH-46E helicopter from Marine Transport Squadron 1, which provides search and rescue support at Cherry Point.
According to Navair, the Nigerian Navy is interested in acquiring CH-46 Sea Knight and SH-2 Seasprite helicopters, but the numbers involved are not known.
The Nigerian Navy has a small number of helicopters in service, including one Bell 206, an Airbus Helicopters AS365N2 Dauphin II, an AgustaWestland AW109E Power and an AW139. Three AW109Es were lost in crashes that killed 14 personnel while two Lynx Mk 89s have been inactive for over ten years, Air Forces Daily reports.
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