RFA Mounts Bay has become the first Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel to operate with the Osprey ‘tiltrotor’ aircraft during missions off the Scottish coast, say the Royal Navy here.
The MV-22 Osprey from the US 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk landed on Mounts Bay while she took part in the Littoral Strike Group (North) deployment.
“The iconic warbird takes off and lands just like a helicopter, then rotates its propellers to fly like a conventional aircraft. RFA sailors worked with personnel from 1700 and 847 Naval Air Squadron to land the Osprey, which was providing air support to Royal Marines from 45 Commando during amphibious exercises.”
Flight Deck Officer Mick Burton was quoted as saying:
“After lots of preparation for today, myself and the team were delighted to work with such a fascinating aircraft and I look forward to working with it lots more in the coming weeks.”
The Royal Navy say that the milestone has added significance as one of the RFA’s Bay-class ships is lined up for conversion into a Littoral Strike Ship, “meaning it will be central to future commando operations and continue to work with US armed forces, the Osprey included”.
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