July 10, 2007

SEALs test Osprey in exercise with Air Force

Staff report
Posted : Monday Jul 9, 2007 18:12:58 EDT

The 8th Special Operations Squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., completed a mission with Navy SEALs on June 27 and 28 to verify and prove the tactics, techniques and procedures of the CV-22 Osprey during water operations, the 1st Special Operations Wing announced Friday.

The exercise took place at Lake Jackson in Florala, Ala.

It was part of an ongoing process of verifying the tactics, techniques and procedures for operating the tilt-rotor Osprey, according to a press release.

The mission was a three-part event with boat deployment, helocasting and water hoist operations.

The boat deployment involved dropping a small boat out of the Osprey’s cargo area while flying 10 feet over the water at 10 knots.

Helocasting is similar except the SEAL team jumps in the water right after the boat is deployed, the press release said.

The live water hoisting exercise requires the aircrew to hoist an injured person and rescue swimmer out of the water.

The purpose of the validation is to prove the CV-22’s abilities in water operations and help build training programs for future aircrews, the press release said.

The 8th SOS got its first CV-22 in November. The squadron has completed high-altitude, low-opening parachute operations with the Army Golden Knights, and it plans on doing shipboard operations with the Navy in the near future.

The Air Force plans to buy 50 CV-22s.

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