MV-22 Ospreys May Fly Disaster-Relief Missions in US

FEMA and Marine Corps officials practice loading gear and equipment onto a Marine Corps MV-22 on Tuesday at Moffett Field in California during a training exercise as part of Fleet Week San Francisco.

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, California — The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey may someday fly disaster-relief missions in the U.S.

When exactly isn’t known, but if officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency had their way, it’d be sooner rather than later.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of if it will happen, it’s about when it will happen,” said Rob Robertson, a logistics specialist with FEMA’s Task Force 3 in California. “Look at where we’re living — we have major earthquakes, fires — any type of disaster.”

In a first for the civilian agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency teamed with the U.S. Marine Corps to practice loading gear onto the MV-22 Osprey to explore the possibility of someday using the military aircraft during domestic emergencies.

The exercise was conducted on Tuesday at Moffett Field, located about 30 miles south of San Francisco, as part of the 35th annual Fleet Week, a weeklong celebration of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, held in the city.

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  • blight_asdfljk

    ohmagerd Ospreys for Jade Helm FEMA!!!

    /troll

  • Derek

    Good. Ospreys have plenty of uses, no point in them just sitting on the ground.

  • Lance

    Great more CV-22 crashes and less supplies for Americans disaster survivors.

  • Dfens

    How ironic. These stories really do write themselves.

  • Curt

    Wow, and this is news because….

  • oblatt23

    20 years and they still cant find a viable mission for this unique combination of failures.

    • steve

      Really? It seems really good at transporting people and things, like it was designed to transport people and things. I’ve gotten to finally see some fly over head the last couple of Summers, due to a certain vacationer. They seem to be a really god aircraft.

      It was a very difficult design to pull off. Almost all major aircraft producing countries have tried at one time or another a plane that could VSTOL like the Osprey, going back to even the earliest days of flight.
      It was a concept that had to wait for the avionics to catch up, without fly-by-wire, it wasn’t feasible.

  • Brian B. Mulholland

    To this point, all we really have is a demonstration - which shouldn’t surprise anyone - that the Osprey could be very useful in a disaster situation. That said, if this is to mean anything, FEMA will need its’ own Osprey fleet simply to keep its’ personnel trained and ready to go. The Osprey fleet has been busy these past few years. I wouldn’t assume that they will be available to go when and as a local disaster happens unless there are a significant number earmarked to be kept in the US. So, speaking of earmarks, perhaps this is an advertisement that someone in the House should step up and look to get money earmarked for a fleet of FEMA Ospreys?

  • Navyjag907

    We don’t have enough of them for the USAF’s SOF mission and the needs of the Marines.
    Do we really need to be taking them away for emergency transport missions that could be done by other platforms?

  • Brian B. Mulholland

    Steve, the Canadians had a V/STOVL thirty years ago - CL-213? How well did it work? I’ve seen it buzzing around on the History Channel, but their commentators tend to be less than critical at times.

  • Belinda jane

    Sir 19th ph service for this ph no no funds at this time