The US Marine Corps has announced that a new MV-22B Osprey squadron has achieved full operational capability.

The certification affirms that the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 362 unit is staffed, trained and equipped.

Also known as the ‘Ugly Angels’, the unit became part of the collective combat-power of Marine Aircraft Group 16 and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW).

VMM-362 commanding officer Lt Col Matthew McSorely said: “It was a big day. We launched a report saying the squadron is ready-to-go, and I am extremely proud of all the hard work and effort the marines put into building this squadron from the ground up.”

The squadron received the full operational capability certification after achieving several key milestones.

Last year, VMM 362 received initial operational capability and completed a unit training detachment in New Mexico. The unit has cleared all five major inspections.

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In its new role, the unit will support the 3rd MAW and assist in missions across various military operations. It is now engaged in additional training and readiness objectives.

McSorely added: “Now we can represent the MAW with absolute confidence as a fully operational squadron.

“The training we have completed up to this point will allow us to support the ground forces’ mission without reservations.”

The MV-22B aircraft provides medium lift assault support to ground forces facilitating expeditionary operations. The aircraft is capable of carrying up to 18 fully combat loaded marines.