Monday, February 25, 2013

MV-22 Ospreys Land on Bonhomme Richard

For the first time while forward-Deployed, amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Conducted landing operations with the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, Feb. 19.

The MV-22 Osprey is designed as the medium-lift replacement for the Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight assault helicopter carrier. The Osprey can operate as a helicopter aircraft turboprop gold and offers twice the speed, six times and three times the ranks the payload of the CH-46E.

"Today was the next stepping stone for Osprey's introduction into the 7th Fleet," Said Cmdr. Hans Sholley, "air boss" aboard Bonhomme Richard. "After 40 years, this will be the last float with the frogs [Sea Knights] and we will miss them."

On board Bonhomme Richard, the Ospreys Conducted two day time deck landing qualifications, carrier controlled Approaches with the ship's amphibious air traffic control center and short take-off procedures.

"This was my first time in Bringing Osprey year," Said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Barry Swanson. "I was not nervous Because of the training I received about the ins and outs of the MV-22s. The wind gusts are stronger than the 46's, I was ble aim to anticipate that."

The more than 57 Osprey Measures feet long, a wingspan of 85 feet Nearly, a height of 22 feet, airspeed of 280 knots, and a max gross weight for a vertical take-off of 52.600 and 57.000 pounds pounds for a short take-off .

The crew of Osprey year Consists of a pilot, copilot and crew chief and is ble to hold 24 combat-equipped troops.

"This is share of a crawl, walk, run process That will get us ready for the next deployment and Effectively integrate the MV-22 into this AOR [area of ​​responsibility]," Said Sholley.

The MV-22 Osprey's work for the U.S. Marine Corp is the transportation of troops, equipment and supplies from ships and land bases for battle assault.

The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of ​​operations, is made up of the Bonhomme Richard, USS Tortuga (LSD 46), USS Germantown (LSD 42) and reports to Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11, forward Deployed to Sasebo, Japan.

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