Marine Corps Reactivates ?Ugly Angels? as MV-22 Squadron

Six years since its squadron of CH-53D medium-lift transport helicopters was deactivated, the ?Ugly Angels? will return to life ? this time to fly the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor.

On Friday, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing will activate Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 362 at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, Calif., wing officials announced. The squadron commander, Lt. Col. Matthew T. McSorley, an Osprey pilot, is scheduled to speak at the activation ceremony.

The activation kicks off what will become a busy year building the squadron, which joins Marine Aircraft Group 16 at Miramar. ?The squadron does not yet have all of its MV-22s or Marines, but they are on schedule to be fully equipped and manned by early 2020,? a 3rd MAW spokesman, 2nd Lt. Frederick D. Walker, told USNI News. ?At full strength, the squadron will have approximately 200 Marines and sailors.?