The US Navy’s CMV-22B Osprey aircraft has reached initial operational capability (IOC), confirming the platform’s operational readiness.

The achievement follows the completion of the aircraft’s first deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) team.

On 14 December 2021, IOC for the aircraft was declared formally in line with the planned first-quarter fiscal year requirement.

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations N98 air warfare division director rear admiral Andrew Loiselle said: “The CMV-22’s maiden deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and the [USS Carl] Vinson (CVN 70) team is an operational success, giving me the confidence necessary to make the declaration.

“As we continue to deliver the advanced platforms that will make up the Air Wing of the Future, the CMV-22B provides the necessary support and more to carry our future force.”

The design, development, procurement and testing of the CMV-22B have proved its relevance and readiness to fulfil the Navy’s Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) mission requirement.

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The aircraft will replace the C-2A Greyhound and be used to transport personnel, mail, supplies and cargo from shore bases to aircraft carriers at sea.

US Marine Corps V-22 joint programme manager colonel Brian Taylor said: “IOC designation is more than a stamp of approval. It is a vote of confidence from top Navy leadership that the design, testing and production of this aircraft meet the logistical needs of the carrier air wings designated to fly the CMV-22B.”

Under the first deployed detachment, the aircraft recorded a mission completion rate of 98% and a mission capable rate of 75%.

As of now, Bell Boeing has supplied 14 aircraft with 44 on contract and full operational capability anticipated in 2023.

In December 2021, the CMV-22B Osprey received the ‘safe-for-flight’ certification.