US Navy’s MV-22 Osprey undergoes evaluation phase aboard USS Carl Vinson

14 June 2016 (Last Updated June 14th, 2016 18:30)

The V-22 Osprey aircraft of the Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 are undergoing an evaluation phase aboard Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

MV-22 Osprey

The V-22 Osprey aircraft of the Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 are undergoing an evaluation phase aboard Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

The V-22 is set to replace the C-2 Greyhound aircraft and will serve as the logistics platform on aircraft carriers to be deployed for future carrier on-board delivery operations.

The Ospreys' flight operations included takeoffs and landings on the flight deck of Carl Vinson.

"These operations present an opportunity for our flight crews to gain experience landing on an aircraft carrier as opposed to landing on an amphibious ship."

Marine Corps lieutenant and VMX-1 executive officer colonel Brett Hart said: "These operations present an opportunity for our flight crews to gain experience landing on an aircraft carrier as opposed to landing on an amphibious ship.

"It allows us to become accustomed to a different set of operating procedures, and additionally allows Air Department Sailors on-board Carl Vinson to become accustomed to landing and handling tilt rotor aircraft."

Hart added: "With the incorporation of the V-22, I think the fleet will also see additional capabilities from the entire group at-large, because we now have the option of taking cargo and personnel to some of the smaller decks without first having to come to the aircraft carrier.

"With that considered, the carrier can expect to have potentially more flight deck and air space freed up, allowing it to launch more sorties in support of combat operations."

The Boeing-built V-22 Osprey is a joint service multirole combat aircraft, which is based on tiltrotor technology to offer the combined performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft.

The vertical position of its rotors allows the aircraft to take-off and land like a helicopter.

Currently, Carl Vinson is conducting command assessment of readiness and training (CARAT) II off the coast of Southern California.


Image: An MV-22 Osprey approaching the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Photo: courtesy of U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd George M Bell/Released.