The U.S. Navy’s new CMV-22B Osprey, the Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) variant of the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, has conducted its first shipboard landings in July, the service announced.
The landings were in support of the MV-22 Osprey landing and ship compatibility tests which were conducted aboard the Navy’s San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) by the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 21 (HX-21).
HX-21’s CMV-22B COD aircraft made two delivery trips to the New York in support of the tests, ferrying maintainers and their supplies. Normally a test team and their equipment would be loaded aboard a ship pierside; but because the New York was underway at the outset, everything for the tests had to be flown to and from the ship.
“The CMV-22B is a great choice for that mission,” said Navy Lt. Gavin Kurey, a test pilot and project officer at HX-21 who flew the first of the two COD trips to the New York with the squadron’s then-commanding officer, Lt. Col. John Ennis, and crew chief Brian Neseth. “As we were planning the test detachment on-load missions, we realized that the Navy aircraft was going to be a viable resource for helping our team to accomplish its goals. And the aircraft just plugged right into its intended role perfectly.”
Kurey said that although the ferry flight was strictly business, everyone on board was aware that they were making history. “The crew was certainly excited, and so were all the passengers, who knew that they were the first people to be ferried out to a ship at sea in the new COD Osprey,” Kurey recalled. “Everyone was buzzing with positive energy the whole flight and the crew of the New York was excited that their ship was going to be the first to have a Navy Osprey land on it.”
The CMV-22B is designed to carry up to 6,000 pounds of cargo and/or personnel and operate up to a range of 1,150 nautical miles. The aircraft will replace the venerable C-2A Greyhound, which has been fulfilling the COD role since 1966.