Monday, July 15, 2019

United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey Tilt-Rotor Aircraft 168659 / EP-07 "Hacksaw 12" Pops into Camp Rocky

Also on Monday 15 July, a single United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft was photographed visiting 'Camp Rocky' - the Australian Army Defence Support Unit (DSU) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport.

The Osprey was identified as 168659 / EP-07 of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265) "Dragons", which is part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.  It is one of many that are deployed on board the United States Navy ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) which is believed to be currently sailing near the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) where it is participating in joint Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 (TS19).

After a short time on the ground, the Osprey was believed to have departed back to the Ship. 

On this occasion, 168659 / EP-07 was heard using the radio callsign of "Hacksaw 12".

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Scott H and 'IAD' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Scott Harris and 'IAD'  ©

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