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USS Carl Vinson trains with V-22 Osprey

20th June 2016 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Navy's USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, received a V-22 Osprey multi-mission, tilt-rotor military aircraft from the Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 for take-offs and landings, the navy announced on 13 June.

The V-22 is currently being tested and evaluated for its scheduled role as the singular logistics platform for future delivery operations on-board aircraft carriers. The aircraft's operation onboard the ship provided a training opportunity for the carrier's flight deck sailors.

The USS Carl Vinson is currently conducting command assessment of readiness and training (CARAT) II off the Southern Californian coast.

Lt Col Brett Hart, VMX-1 executive officer, US Marine Corps, said: ‘These operations present an opportunity for our flight crews to gain experience landing on an aircraft carrier as opposed to landing on an amphibious ship. It allows us to become accustomed to a different set of operating procedures, and additionally allows air department sailors on board Carl Vinson to become accustomed to landing and handling tilt rotor aircraft.’

‘With the incorporation of the V-22, I think the fleet will also see additional capabilities from the entire group at-large, because we now have the option of taking cargo and personnel to some of the smaller decks without first having to come to the aircraft carrier. With that considered, the carrier can expect to have potentially more flight deck and air space freed up, allowing it to launch more sorties in support of combat operations.’

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