The U.S. Navy’s first CMV-22B Osprey for operational use arrived at Naval Air Station North Island on June 22, the U.S. Navy announced.
The aircraft is assigned to the Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30, the U.S. Navy’s first CMV-22B squadron. VRM-30 was established in 2018 to begin the Navy’s transition from the C-2A Greyhound to the CMV-22B Osprey.
For the last four decades, the C-2A Greyhound has been providing logistic support to aircraft carriers throughout the U.S. Navy. However, the CMV-22B Osprey with increased operational range, faster cargo loading/unloading, increased survivability and enhanced beyond-line-of-sight will take over this essential mission.
The CMV-22B Osprey is a variant of the MV-22B Osprey and will be responsible for conducting high priority cargo and passenger transport services in support of carrier strike groups and task forces. The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that is capable of vertical take-off and landing, but transit as a turboprop aircraft.
The ability of the aircraft to integrate with fixed-wing operations, and operate at night, will give our carriers a new level of flexibility to adjust operations however required to accomplish the mission.