The US Navy’s Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 50 has celebrated a milestone achievement with ‘safe-for-flight’ certification for CMV-22B Osprey.

Also known as ‘Sunhawks’, VRM-50 is a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for the US Navy’s CMV-22B Osprey.

The certification was awarded by VRM wing commodore captain Samuel Bryant during a cake cutting ceremony aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island.

VRM 50 commanding officer commander Eric Ponsart said: “In October 2020, when VRM 50 was established, there were eight of us in a shack on the flight line.

“Now, we’ve stood up a new training building and are a fully-functional squadron flying brand new aircraft in just 12 months.

“It’s incredible, and really a testament to all the hard work the men and women at this squadron have put in, along with the support of the VRM community.”

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The CMV-22B is a navy variant of multi-engine, dual-piloted, self-deployable, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) tilt-rotor aircraft, ‘V-22 Osprey’.

It will replace the C-2A Greyhound cargo aircraft.

Since their first flight in September this year, Sunhawks have logged 25 flights and more than 81 flight hours to achieve this safe-for-flight certification.

By May next year, Sunhawks will receive their first class of aircrewman and pilots.

US Navy first African-American CMV-22B aircrewman, naval aircrewman (Mechanical) 1st Class Tahjiir Moss said: “We are setting the culture right here, right now.

“We don’t have to hear ‘that’s how we’ve always done it’ because we get to make those choices in terms of how the climate is here. And I think us being able to set that standard high is going to help the Navy as a whole.”

In February last year, the US Navy took delivery of the first CMV-22B Osprey aircraft from Bell Textron and Boeing.