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US Navy welcomes first operational CMV-22 at NAS North Island

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The US Navy’s first CMV-22B Osprey for operational use arrived at Naval Air Station North Island, June 22.

The aircraft is assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30, the 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.

“Today marks our birthday as a squadron,” said Cmdr. Trevor Hermann, VRM-30’s commanding officer. “We have relied on our Marine Corps brothers and sisters to help us in our training. Today our efforts are tangible, as you can see with the landing of our first aircraft.”

For the last four decades, the C-2A Greyhound has been providing logistic support to aircraft carriers throughout the navy. This mission is now being taken over by the CMV-22B Osprey, which has an increased operational range, faster cargo loading/unloading, and increased survivability.

The CMV-22B Osprey is a variant of the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft that is capable of vertical take-off and landing, but transit as a turboprop aircraft.

Delivery of the first operational CMV-22B follows the delivery of the first aircraft in the class to the navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 in Texas in February this year.

The navy currently plans to procure 44 CMV-22 aircraft.