An MV-22B Osprey, attached to the Blackjacks of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One (HX-21), is spend working with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), July 20, 2020.
New York is operating in Atlantic Ocean in support of Naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interests.
This Navy Osprey is assigned to the test and evaluation squadron at Pax River.
USMC Ospreys are engaged as well.
The CMV-22B will give the US Navy much greater flexibility in working distributed operations in support of the fleet, then they had with the fixed wing C-2 COD aircraft.
In a recent visit to North Island, we discussed this flexibility with the Commander of the Osprey squadrons in the US Navy.
According to Capt. Dewon “Chainsaw” Chaney, the Commander of COMVRMWING (or Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Wing),the first squadron VRM-30 was stood up prior to the creation of the Wing and its first aircraft arrived in June 2020. Captain Chaney then noted that this October, the fleet replacement squadron, VRM-50, will be stood up. It will take this squadron two years until they will be able to train new pilots.
The counterpart to VRM-30 will be VRM-40 but all three squadrons will be under the COMVRMWING. The third squadron will be based on the East Coast.
Captain Chaney concluded: “I do believe that the Navy is really going to appreciate the capabilities that the CMV-22 is going to bring to the strike group, and they’re going to want it to do more.”
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle Wilkie/Released)
In the video below, the first CMV-22B Osprey assigned to Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 prepares to land at Naval Air Station North Island. VRM 30 was established in late 2018 to begin the Navy’s transition from the C-2A Greyhound, which has provided logistics support to aircraft carriers for four decades, to the CMV-22B, which has an increased operational range, greater cargo capacity, faster cargo loading/unloading, increased survivability and enhanced beyond-line-of-sight communications compared to the C-2A.