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    As the Marine Corps Says Goodbye to Decades-Old Jet, Its Maintainers Hit the Fleet for the Last Time

    As the Marine Corps Says Goodbye to Decades-Old Jet, Its Maintainers Hit the Fleet for the Last Time

    The Marine Corps is saying goodbye to a decades-old jet, and Marines who work on its engine will soon enter the fleet for the last time.

    The AV-8B Harrier II jet has been in service since the 1980s, according to the Marine Corps. As the service modernizes into a lighter expeditionary and focuses its attention on the F-35B Lightning II, the Corps is getting rid of the older jet.

    After a 60-day course, five Marines who will now work on Harrier engines have graduated the final class the Corps will ever put on. The Harrier will be phased out of use over the next two years, according to a press release announcing the graduation this week of the last class of Marines who fix it up.

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    The final class of Marines who will repair and maintain the Harrier's monster F402 jet engine is another casualty of the Marine Corps' Force Design 2030, an aggressive effort to modernize the service that has already seen it get rid of its tanks and the scout sniper occupational specialty, or MOS.

    “Teaching this class is bittersweet. I am proud to pass on knowledge to the last generation of students,” Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Fife, an instructor for the course, said Monday in a news release. “On the other side, this is the end of an era for the Marine Corps.”

    Marines who graduated the course spent two months learning about…

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