20 Juli 2016
A United States Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey aircraft lands on board HMAS Canberra off the north east coast of Hawaii during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. (all photos : AusDoD)
First V-22 Osprey lands on an Australian LHD
A United States Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor has conducted six deck landings on board HMAS Canberra on while the ship was taking part in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 off the north-east coast of Hawaii.
The landings on July 12, conducted as part of a US Navy and USMC aviation integration program to clear its rotary-wing assets for operations from the new Royal Australian Navy’s new amphibious assault ships, mark the first time a V-22 has landed on board an Australian LHD.
Sistership to HMAS Canberra and Adelaide, the Spanish Navy’s Juan Carlos I, has operated MV-22s on board over the past year, including an embarkation of the type.
The Canberra will likely see Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper, UH-1Y, UH-1Z and potentially CH-53 helicopters cross its deck during the course of the five-week-long exercise, but F-35B and AV-8B “jump jets” are not part of the integration program.
The RAN aims to achieve full operating capability (FOC) for the two LHDs in mid-2017. (Australian Aviation)
Sea Stallion lands aboard HMAS Canberra
A United States Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion has landed aboard HMAS Canberra for the first time, becoming the largest helicopter type to land abroad an Australian LHD amphibious assault ship.
The heavy lift helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 landed on HMAS Canberra’s flightdeck on July 17 as the ship was off the coast of Hawaii taking part in RIMPAC 2016.
A few days earlier a USMC MV-22 Osprey had also landed aboard the Canberra for the first time as part of a US Navy and USMC aviation integration program to clear its rotary-wing assets for operations from the RAN’s new LHDs. (Australian Aviation)