Navy Flyers Training With Marine V-22s Ahead of COD Transition

The Navy is a year away from receiving its first deployable CMV-22 Osprey, the carrier onboard delivery aircraft of the future, but pilots, aircrewmen and maintainers are already getting familiar with operating tiltrotor aircraft on aircraft carriers.

Sailors from ?the Titans? of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 are training with Marine Corps MV-22B crews and using Marine Corps-owned Ospreys to earn qualifications and understand how the aircraft handles.


Navy?s COD switch to the Osprey has started ? what you need to know

The Navy?s ongoing efforts to swap out its aging fleet of Greyhounds is going smoothly, even if the new souped-up Ospreys won?t be fully fielded until the mid- to late-2020s.

The switch at carrier-based fleet logistic squadrons officially kicked off on Oct. 1 and the effort was boosted on Nov. 14 by a Navy announcement that a study found replacing 27 C2A Greyhounds with 38 CMV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft won?t harm the environment.

Those findings negate the need for a larger environmental impact statement. removing a key administrative hurdle from the Osprey roll out, according to Fleet Forces Command.

The Navy announced the transition in 2015 but several important decisions remain to be announced, including locations for the Osprey training squadron and the fleet logistics wing that will oversee the arrival of the aircraft across the Navy.

Navy closing ‘golden mile’ with important carrier test

The Navy said it would swap out the aging C-2A Greyhound aircraft used to resupply aircraft carriers for new CMV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in January 2015.

As the service has gotten closer to deploying with its variant of the Joint Strike fighter, the F-35C, the need for the V-22’s heavy-lifting capacity has grown more urgent. And after a round of tests in early August 2018, the Navy is a step closer to meeting its resupply and logistics needs.