First Navy COD-version V-22s to Be Assigned to West Coast
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The carrier onboard delivery (COD) version of the V-22 Osprey will be based on the U.S. West Coast first, a program official said.
The CMV-22B, a modification of the Marine Corps’ MV-22B, will be based at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., when the aircraft reaches initial operational capability in 2021. The new aircraft will then be assigned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Marine Col. Dan Robinson, the Navy’s Osprey program manager, told reporters April 4 at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
The CVM-22B will replace the Navy’s fleet of C-2A Greyhound COD aircraft, a derivative of the E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft. The Navy flies two C-2A squadrons that send detachments of two C-2As each on board deploying aircraft carriers.
Differences from the MV-22B include installation of a high-frequency radio for long-range communications, a cabin public address system and an increased fuel capacity.
The Navy plans to procure 44 CMV-22Bs, with deliveries beginning in 2020. The Navy has had a long-standing program of record of 48 Ospreys, but only now with the CMV-22B is the Navy portion of the Osprey program coming to fruition.
Robinson said the V-22 program office is working toward a third multiyear procurement of the Osprey, in which the CMV-22 buy would be included, along with the Osprey order for Japan and any subsequent foreign customers.
The type wing — commander, Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing Pacific — in charge of the Navy’s E-2 and C-2 units has established a detachment at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., to lay the foundation for Navy crew training in the Osprey in company with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204.