Forty-nine years of Phrogs in the fight and still counting . . .
29 June 1964: The very first CH-46 “Phrogs” were delivered to HMM-265 to begin a glorious and unprecedented term of service with the Fleet.
November 2012: HMM-265 conducted its final CH-46 flights and is re-designated VMM-265 flying MV-22s.
Several iterations of this stalwart aviation workhorse operating over more than four decades in three wars and numerous contingencies have proven the value of our beloved Phrogs.
Although the retirement of the Phrog is clearly on the horizon, it will live forever in the memories of the Marines who flew and maintained them as well as the Marines it transported into battle. Let us take this opportunity to again pay tribute to this old warhorse that contributed so much to Marine Corps History.