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Marines activate new helicopter squadron in Kaneohe ceremony

By William Cole


Two new types of Marine helicopters stood outlined against Kaneohe Bay on the flightline of Marine Corps Base Hawaii today as the service activated Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, which goes by the call sign "Scarface."

The four UH-1Y Hueys and five AH-1W Super Cobras — with about 190 Marines and sailors — are the first of 27 Hueys and Cobras expected to arrive over the next couple of years, officials said.

Made famous during the Vietnam War, Hueys and Cobras have been updated by the Marines while the Army decades ago shifted to the Black Hawk for transport and the Apache for attack.

"Because the Cobra and Huey are combat-proven, it's pretty hard to beat that team," said squadron commander Lt. Col. Victor Maduka.

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