US Navy Dry Cargo Ship Conducts Flight Operations with MV-22
Republic of the Philippines by Ensign Chang Liu, MPS Squadron Three Public Affairs - Marine Corps pilots from the Okinawa-based "Dragons" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron VMM-265, flying MV-22B Ospreys, conducted first-of-its-kind training with USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) April 6 off the coast of Subic Bay, Philippines.
Flight operations with the tilt-rotor Osprey, designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft, will continue through April 11.
During the test flight, Marine Corps aviation personnel worked closely with Military Sealift Command civil service mariners aboard Sacagawea, familiarizing themselves with the aircraft's unique capabilities, as well as its cargo lifting and passenger transfer capabilities.
"This is our first MV-22 landing, fueling, cargo and passenger transfer," said Capt. Rollin Bellfi, Sacagawea's civil service master.
"Sacagawea is leading the way with safe and smooth Osprey operations," he said.
Ashore, Marines and civil service mariners assigned to Sacagawea's flight deck practiced lifting a Marine Corp Humvee light vehicle in preparation for an at-sea cargo operation aboard Sacagawea.
Meanwhile, flight deck personnel practiced connecting the MV-22 to a humvee, lifting it and placing it safely on the ground at nearby Subic Bay international airport.
Sacagawea will conduct additional landing qualifications, refueling operations, passenger transfers and cargo lifts with the Osprey throughout the remainder of Exercise Balikatan 2013, an annual Republic of the Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise and humanitarian assistance engagement and will take place in the from April 5-17.
Sacagawea is deployed to the Philippines in support of exercise Freedom Banner and Balikatan and delivered 170 pieces of Marine Corps cargo ashore via U.S. Navy watercraft last month in support of the exercise while anchored off the coast of Subic Bay.
Source: SUBIC BAY, US Navy News - 10 April 2013
Photo: The U.S. Marine Corps aviation MV-22 Marine Osprey (Photo by US Navy)
• Super Hercules: Lockheed Martin Unveils C-130J Aircraft for Special Operations
The aircraft contains for engines and is designed to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, psychological operations, airdrop resupply, personnel recovery and human...>>
• Turkish Army to conduct military drills amid regional tensions
The Turkish army is preparing to launch a naval and land exercise on Monday. The major exercise comes amid tensions with Syria and a changing map in Ukraine, both in close proximit...>>
• Russia concludes massive military exercises
Russian military has concluded one its largest war games in recent history in the nation’s far eastern and central region, describing the results as more than satisfactory....>>
• Unscheduled military drills in Russian Far East
More than 80,000 personnel, about 1,000 tanks and armoured vehicles, 130 long-range, fighter, bombing and army planes and helicopters, as well as 70 naval ships and vessels, take p...>>
• ‘Russia stages large-scale military drills’
Russia has staged large-scale military exercises in the country’s Eastern military district aimed at enhancing the defense capabilities of its armed forces, Defense Ministry says....>>
• India, China flex muscles on disputed border
India is expanding its fighting capability against China. 50,000 additional troops will be deployed on the Chinese border....>>
• 50th Paris Air Show: Much excitement, few contracts
Russia deployed unprecedented efforts to impress the airlines at the 50th Paris Air Show. The crucial innovations will not be unveiled, however, until Moscow’s MAKS show this Augus...>>