Sunday, July 23, 2017

Ex Talisman Saber 2017 – United States Marine Corps (USMC) Osprey and Helicopters Pop into Camp Rocky

An exciting morning in Rockhampton on Sunday 23 July as yet another United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft called in for a short time at 'Camp Rocky' - the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport.

From a photo I’ve seen (which I won’t be posting here) it appears that the Osprey was 168032 / EP-09.  It was heard using the radio callsign of “Puff 01” and touched down at ‘Camp Rocky’ presumably from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and after a short while on the ground, it reportedly departed to Townsville.

Of interest, fellow USMC MV-22B Osprey 168221 / EP-04 was photographed (shown above) also arriving into Townsville (possibly) from the USS Bonhomme Richard but as “Puff 62”.

Both Ospreys are flown by the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265) "Dragons", which is part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

Meanwhile, at the same time as the Osprey was at ‘Camp Rocky’ on Sunday 21 July, a pair of other USMC helicopters were noted also calling into ‘Camp Rocky’.  They were identified as a Bell AH-1Z 'Viper' and Bell UH-1Y ‘Super Huey’ and were flying together as “Komodo 31”.

Both helicopters are also flown by the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265) “Dragons” and form part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

Again, sadly, there are no photos available from all three aircraft/helicopters visit to Rocky on Sunday.

Photos taken by Ian Hitchcock  ©

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