Also on Thursday 27 June, and as the build-up to the joint Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 (TS19) continues, another three United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft were spotted calling into 'Camp Rocky' - the Australian Army Defence Support Unit (DSU) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport.
The first Osprey that paid a quick visit was identified as 168615 / EP-09. It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Hacksaw 12".
Then, a little later, a pair of Ospreys - identified as 168633 / EP-05 and 16???? / EP-14 - also popped into 'Camp Rocky' for a short time. They were heard to be using the radio callsign of "Hacksaw 14".
As mentioned, all three Ospreys are flown by the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265) "Dragons", which is part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. They are deployed on board the United States Navy ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) which is believed to be currently sailing North to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) where it will be participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre.
Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Daniel B for being at the right place at the right time and capturing and sending through these great photos!
All photos taken by Daniel Bishop ©