Navy: CMV-22B Ospreys Critical to F-35C Deployments
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
WASHINGTON — When the Navy deploys its future CMV-22B Osprey carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft on aircraft carriers, the Ospreys will operate coincident with the deployment of F-35C Lightning II strike fighters.
Testifying June 13 before the Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee on Capitol Hill, Rear Adm. DeWolfe H. Miller, the Navy’s director of air warfare, said, “The CMV-22s are going to be tied to our F-35C deployments on the carriers. It’s the only thing that can carrier the [F135 engine for the F-35C] on board. That’s clearly going to be critical as we sustain that airplane [the F-35C] into the future.”
The Navy is requesting six CMV-22Bs in its 2018 budget proposal. The aircraft will be initially based on the West Coast to support carrier deployments as they begin to replace the C-2A Greyhound COD aircraft. The service intends to procure 44 CVM-22Bs.