Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force, Alert Contingency Marine Air Ground Task Force board an MV-22 osprey during a ACM drill, on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, May 5, 2017.
By MarEx 2017-08-05 20:30:25
Search and rescue operations continue for three U.S. Marines that were on board an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft involved in a mishap off of the east coast of Australia around 4:00 p.m. on August 5. The other 23 of 26 personnel aboard have been rescued.
The incident took place off the coast of Shoalwater Bay, Queensland. The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and was conducting regularly scheduled operations when the aircraft entered the water.
The ship’s small boats and aircraft immediately responded in the search and rescue efforts. The mares are currently operating with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group as part of a regularly-scheduled deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The tilt-rotor aircraft had been in Queensland as part of the Talisman Sabre joint training exercise between Australian and the U.S., which ended on July 25.
The Osprey is designed to take off like a helicopter and rotate its propellers to fly like a plane. Its development was nearly canceled after the deaths of 23 Marines during flight testing in 2000, but its speed and range continues to make it a valued asset.
The circumstances of the incident are currently under investigation. SOURCE: Marex
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MV-22 Ospreys Arrive in Australia
The MV-22 Ospreys arrived in Australia in April 2017.
Gepubliceerd op 29 apr. 2017
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE BASE, Darwin – Four MV-22 Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268, Marine Rotational Force Darwin 17.2, land in Australia, April 28, 2017. This was the first trans-Pacific flight for the Osprey in history.