The Spanish navy’s multi-purpose amphibious assault ship Juan Carlos I has taken aboard four US Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22 Osprey aircraft for the first time.
The MV-22s are from USMC Squadron VMM-261 deployed in the Airland Crisis Response Unit for Africa.
According to the Spanish Navy, the combined air wing now includes six AV-8B Harrier planes and an AB-212 helicopter.
As part of the development, the USMC’s MV-22 Osprey carried out main raids during joint missions carried out by US Marines, Portuguese ‘fusileiros’ and Spanish marines.
In addition, the Spanish Navy carried out troop movements between the Juan Carlos I and maneuvers at Pinheiro da Cruz and Milfontes, located in Portugal.
The V-22 Osprey is a joint-service, medium-lift, multi-mission tilt-rotor aircraft developed by Boeing and Bell Helicopters.
The aircraft operates as a helicopter when taking off and landing vertically. The nacelles rotate 90° forward once airborne, converting it into a turboprop aircraft.
In June, the Royal Netherlands Navy, along with the US Marine Corps (USMC) Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, conducted the first MV-22 Osprey landing aboard the Dutch warship, HNLMS Karel Doorman.
The navy achieved this milestone during an interoperability test conducted near USMC Air Station New River, North Carolina, US.