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Helicopter safety teams get new home in Portsmouth

The Fleet Forward Support (Air) Unicorn Building now forms the base for experts from the Materials Integrity Group (MIG) and Forward Support (FS) Mobile Aircraft Support Unit (MASU).

It represents the MOD’s centre of expertise for helicopter structural repair and modifications. Experts deploy to operational theatres to carry out helicopter repairs.

They also provide an important role in crash investigation, airworthiness assurance and modification of Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force helicopters.

Lieutenant Commander Andrew Dunn, Royal Navy Repair Manager, said:

“This project has been challenging to deliver on time and without any disruption to our business, which is critical to delivery of MOD Aviation. The teams from Defence Estates and Debut have delivered a superb new facility which entirely meets our needs and we are delighted with it.”

The formerly unoccupied ATC building now provides facilities for up to 200 military and civilian staff from MIG and FS MASU. It incorporates offices and classrooms; specialist laboratories; workshops; welfare facilities and storage for materials, gases and flammables.

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