On the last departure of the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), Juan Carlos I of the Navy did this with an MV- in addition to the operation with aircraft of the Navy Aircraft Flotilla (FLOAN) from his docking port, the naval base of Rota (Cádiz). 22B Ospreys of the Marines or United States Marine Corps (USMC) of the USMC Rapid Deployment Force for Africa (Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa / SP MAGTF-CR-AF) based in the air force base in Morón (Seville) .
The LHD Juan Carlos I has the full capacity to work with the ospreys, including the ability to lower them and raise them into the hangar in its two elevators. In addition, the capability of this ship could also be extended to the F-35B fighter-bombers, which also operate the USMC Wings. In the picture we see one of the ospreys of the so-called Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 (VMM-266) “Fighting Griffins”, one of the six squadrons and a training team of Marine Aircraft Group 26 (MAG) -26) that it is based in New River , North Carolina, and is armed with VM-22Bs that rotate to provide air assault capabilities to the USMC’s Africa Rapid Response Force.
In addition to the KC-130J Super Hercules, the aircraft of this force often work in conjunction with FLOAN aircraft, both in vertical landing / air strike training with helicopters and with fighter-bombers of the type AV-8B Plus Harrier of the Ninth Squadron, which are also used by the KC- 130J can be refueled in the air.
In short, it is yet another operation that demonstrates the Navy’s flagship flagship’s great interoperability and ability to work with the discerning members of the USMC who have found a means of training in it. (Julio Maíz Sanz)
Photo: An MV-22B approaches the flight deck of Juan Carlos I. (Navy Photo)
A member of the JCI crew directs the seizure of an MV-22B. (Navy photo)
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