Osprey Struck Amphibious Ship During Crash
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps MV-22B that went down off eastern Australia last week struck an U.S. Navy amphibious platform dock ship (LPD) before it crashed into the ocean, according to the Naval Safety Center.
The MV-22B crashed around 4:30 p.m. Aug. 5 during routine training while operating from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard. According to the Naval Safety Center’s website, the MV-22B “struck an LPD, crashed into the ocean off the starboard quarter.”
The LPD has been identified as USS Green Bay, based at Naval Station Sasebo, Japan, and a unit of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group.
Of the 26 personnel onboard the Osprey, 23 were rescued by small boats and helicopters. Three personnel, two from the aircraft’s crew, have been declared dead.
The Osprey was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265), a unit of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. VMM-265, based on Okinawa, Japan, recently had been assigned, replacing VMM-262, the other Osprey unit stationed on Okinawa.
The RAN ship HMAS Melville has located the wreckage of the aircraft using its hydrographic systems. An RAN clearance diving team has been deployed onboard Melville to conduct recovery operations using a remote operating vehicle.
The mishap remains under investigation.