Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 delivered an F-35C engine aboard USS Carl Vinson in the U. S. Navy’s first, at-sea replenishment for this component.
The U.S. Navy say that this success follows a November 2020 milestone, during which VRM-30, CVW-2 and USS Carl Vinson conducted the U.S. Navy’s first landings, take-offs, and refueling of a Navy CMV-22B Osprey from an aircraft carrier.
“The at-sea power module replenishment evolution consisted of loading, transporting and unloading the F135 power module from a shore-based location to the carrier by way of a CMV-22B. The power module is an engine component used by all three F-35 Lightning II variants.”
Describing the CMV-22B, the U.S. Navy website says:
“The CMV-22B is the U.S. Navy version of the V-22 Osprey, a multi-engine, dual-piloted, self-deployable, medium lift, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tilt-rotor aircraft. The CMV-22B can transport cargo and passengers as far as 1,150 nautical miles; provides enhanced survivability and beyond-line-of-sight communications; and has the required cargo capacity and fast cargo loading/unloading.
Coupled with its ability to transport the F-35 power module inside its cargo bay, CMV-22B is the ideal choice to provide required carrier on-board delivery capabilities for F-35C operations at sea.”
The U.S Navy also add that this delivery marks a milestone in the integration of CMV-22B to the Carrier Air Wing, validates the F135 modular maintenance concept at sea, and most importantly supports future carrier air wing deployments with next-generation platforms.