Navy to Stand Up Two New Squadrons to Fly the Osprey COD Aircraft
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy plans to stand up two new squadrons to operate its Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for the carrier-onboard-delivery (COD) mission rather than converting its existing COD squadrons.
The current COD units, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30) based at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., and VRC-40, based at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., provide detachments of C-2A Greyhound COD aircraft on deploying aircraft carriers. The VRCs are units of the airborne early warning (VAW) community, which mostly flies the E-2, the aircraft upon which the C-2A was derived.
To operate the CMV-22B Osprey, which will replace the C-2A in the COD role, the Navy intends to stand up two new Fleet Logistics Support Multi-Mission (VRM) Squadrons, according to Lt. Leslie Hubbell, a spokeswomen for commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
“The VRC squadrons will not transition or be redesignated,” Hubbell said in an email to Seapower. “VRM is new community, with a new wing [and], two new VRM squadrons (VRM-30 on the West Coast and VRM-40 on the East Coast).”
Hubbell said there also will be a Navy fleet replacement unit for the new CMV-22B in the future.
The E-2/C-2 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.
The Navy plans to procure 44 CMV-22Bs, with deliveries beginning in 2020.