UK Pilot Operating MV-22 Lands on British Warship During Exercise

09/17/2013
09/17/2013: During COUGAR 13, a MV-22 had landed on a British Warship and operated by a British pilot.  September 16, 2013, UK exchange pilot LT “Odd Job” Wotten operating with VMX-22 “bounced off” of HMS Illustrious. [slidepress gallery='uk-pilot-operating-mv-22-lands-on-british-warship-during-exercise'] Credit Photos: 26th MEU:9/16/13 According to the Royal Navy: Cougar is the…

Balikatan 2013 Ospreys in Crow Valley

04/28/2013
04/28/2013: Philippine and US Marines participate in MV-22 movements at Crow Valley, Capas, Tarlac Province, Philippines as part of Balikatan 2013. Balikatan 2013 (BK13) is an annual Philippine-U.S. bilateral exercise. Humanitarian assistance and training activities enable the Philippine and American service members to build lasting relationships, train together and provide…

MV-22 conducts First Flights in Japan

09/22/2012
09/22/2012: Marine Corps aircrews begin conducting MV-22 aircraft functional check flights and pilot proficiency flights aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 21, 2012. These flights, which will occur over the next several weeks, will take place mostly over water, with any over land portion conducted within the MCAS…

The Impact of the Osprey on the Expeditionary Strike Group: “There is a Tsunami of Change Coming”

04/02/2012
Shortly after the Bold Alligator 2012 exercise, Second Line of Defense sat down with Lt. Col. Boniface to discuss his experiences during Bold Alligator 2012.  As the Osprey squadron commander involved in the exercise, he was in charge of the key toolset, the Osprey, which re-defined the ESG-MEB operationally. Two images…

MV-22 Operates Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush

03/22/2012
MV-22 Operates Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush [slidepress gallery='mv-22-traps-aboard-the-uss-george-h-w-bush'] Credit:USN:3/20/12 In the first photo, an MV-22 Osprey flies by the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as the ship steams through the Atlantic Ocean. George H.W. Bush is in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. In the…

MV-22s and CH-53Es in Exercise Bold Alligator

02/22/2012
02/21/2012: MV-22 Ospreys and CH-53E Super Stallions land and take off during Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest amphibious exercise in the past 10 years. The exercise representing the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations while focusing on today's fight with today's forces while…

Re-thinking the Role of Supply Ships in Maneuver Warfare from the Sea

02/16/2012
An important development in the Libyan operation was the use of the MV-22 as the Fed Ex supply link between Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy and the USS Kersarge. In our interview with Lt. Col. Boniface, the new role for the MV-22 was underscored. [caption id="attachment_33768" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="(Feb.…

The Impact of the F-35B On the Agile Response Group: An Interview with Admiral Scott

10/30/2011
10/30/2011  Aboard the USS Wasp during F-35B sea trials, Second Line of Defense had a chance to talk with Admiral Scott, Commander of Expeditionary Strike Group Two.  The navy leadership aboard the WASP made it clear that V-22/F35B tandem was central to the future of the US Navy.  There was…