Navy Setting Up V-22 Osprey COD Training Detachment
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has established a detachment at a Marine Corps air station to train crews and maintenance personnel for its future CMV-22B Osprey carrier-onboard-delivery (COD) aircraft.
Airborne Command and Control Logistics Wing, which is responsible for the Navy’s two fleet logistics support squadrons that fly the C-2A Greyhound COD aircraft, is setting up a detachment at the Marine Corps’ MV-22B training site, Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. The detachment will be associated with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron (VMMT) 204, the Corps’ squadron in charge of V-22 crew and maintenance training.
The new Navy detachment, ordered in a Dec. 1 Navy directive, is called Airborne Command and Control Logistics Wing Medium Tilt-Rotor Training Detachment 204. The parent wing is headquartered at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif., home of several its E-2 squadrons.
The new unit, under an officer in charge, is a departure from the current set-up with C-2A crews being trained by the E-2 Hawkeye training squadron, Carrier Airborne Early Squadron 120 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., because of some similarity of the C-2A and the E-2, from which the C-2A was derived.
The Navy plans to procure 44 CMV-22Bs beginning in 2018, with first deliveries scheduled for 2020. The new COD aircraft will differ from the MV-22B by modification with a high-frequency radio for long-range communications, extra fuel tankage and a public address system for the cabin.