This week at RAF Brize Norton, Marshall were joined by colleagues from the RAF, Lockheed Martin and Rolls Royce for a celebration to mark 15 years of the HIOS Partnership.
HIOS stands for Hercules Integrated Operational Support, and is a joint partnership between the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce, with Marshall as the Prime Contractor providing support for the RAF C-130 fleet with the aim of keeping aircraft availability as high as possible.
The partnership has been a great success and to mark the occasion, yesterday’s event was attended by Gp Capt Simon Blackwell (Commander Air Wing, RAF Brize Norton), Celeste Stroud (LM Program Sr. Manager, C-130J Royal Air Force (RAF) Programs), Mark Jarvis (Director of international Programmes: Europe Americans – Pacific Rim, Air Mobility and Maritime Missions (AMMM) LM), Trish Pagan (V.P. of International Programs Lockheed Martin AMMM LM), Duncan Eldridge, Managing Director of Marshall Aerospace and Frank Butterfill (Head of Integrated Services, Marshall Aerospace).
Duncan Eldridge, Managing Director of Marshall Aerospace said:
“We’re proud to have played such a significant role in the RAF’s C-130 story and HIOS has been at the centre of that. The anniversary was a chance to celebrate the relationships that we’ve established and the joint efforts of our organisations in delivering a key capability to UK Defence.”
“I’d like to say a personal thank you to the incredible Marshall teams who have demonstrated their continuing commitment to keeping this versatile, proven and tactical aircraft at extraordinary levels of availability, and mostly recently demonstrated by its crucial role in the recent operation to evacuate people from Afghanistan. I’d like to say a personal thank you to the Marshall people who have been involved over the years.”