Here are a few shots from today:
The Mighty Battle Phrog, soon to be even extinct from HMX-1
Operational Testing the V-22 for the COD mission
By Mike Wilson
Two V-22s from VMX-22 completed the first phase of Carrier onboard delivery (COD) operations with USS Harry S. Truman April 22, 2013.
According to published reports, the first phase began April 19th with the Marines loading and unloading the Ospreys to determine whether the MV-22s can be considered a replacement for aging C-2 Greyhounds. The evaluation included transferring passengers and cargo.
The next phase scheduled to begin in June will have the V-22s back aboard a carrier for six days. The Operational Test Marines will assess the Ospreys COD capabilities during fast-paced cyclic operations. Navy officials consider this phase critical because the Osprey cannot interrupt carrier operations.
|Quoting rheite (Thread starter):|
MV-22B Block III
|Quoting Devilfish (Reply 3):|
All the above while ushering in a fresh competition for Marine One.....
|Quoting STT757 (Reply 2):|
The V-22 makes a perfect replacement for the C-2 as it can not only land on a carrier but also pretty much any Navy ship.