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US Navy USS Wasp LHD-1 conducts flight operations at sea with MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft


The US Navy USS Wasp LHD-1 amphibious assault ship performs flight operations at sea with MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the “Golden Eagles” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 (VMM-162). The MV-22 has conducted take-off and landing exercise on the flight deck of USS Wasp.
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US Navy USS Wasp LHD 1 conducts flight operations on sea with MV 22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft 925 001 An MV-22 Osprey lands on the flight deck of U.S. Navy USS Wasp LHD 1. (Picture source U.S DoD Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin F. Davella III)


The U.S. Navy USS Wasp (LHD 1) is currently underway following a four-month Consolidated Maintenance Availability (CMAV).

The U.S. Navy USS Wasp (LHD-1) is a United States Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship, and the lead ship of her class. She was built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Wasp and her sister ships are the first specifically designed to accommodate new Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) for fast troop movement over the beach, and Harrier II (AV-8B) Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) jets which provide close air support for the assault force. She can also accommodate the full range of Navy and Marine Corps helicopters, the tiltrotor MV-22 Osprey, the F-35B Lightning II multi-role fighter, conventional landing craft, and amphibious vehicles.

The LHD-1 is a Wasp Class is a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ships operated by the United States Navy. It Wasp-class has a displacement of 40,500 long tons at full load, a length of 253.2 m, a beam of 31.8 m, and a draft of 8.1 m. The ships is fitted with two steam boilers connected to geared turbines, which deliver 52,000 kW to the two propeller shafts. It can reach a speed of 22 knots (41 km/h), with a range of 9,500 nautical miles (17,600 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)

The Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 (VMM-162) is a United States Marine Corps tiltrotor squadron consisting of MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft. The squadron, known as the "Golden Eagles", is based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 26 (MAG-26) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW). The VMM-162 mission is to provide assault support of combat troops, supplies, and equipment.

The MV-22 is the U.S. Marine Corps variant of the V-22 Osprey designed and produced by the company Bell-Boeing. The Marine Corps variant of the V-22 is an assault transport for troops, equipment and supplies, capable of operating from ships or expeditionary airfields ashore. It replaced the Marine Corps' CH-46E and CH-53D fleets.